When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Come after Me. Jesus issues a call to all people to come to Him. The word come in the original Greek is erchomai, which means “to come from one place to another.” I have been a few places.
… walk out of darkness and into light.
… walk out of sin and into righteousness.
… walk out of condemnation and into grace.
… walk out of death and into everlasting life.
In Mark 8:34, Jesus invites whoever desires to come and follow Him. Desires means to will, to determine, to purpose, to find pleasure. The “cross-walk” (following Jesus) leads to a life of purpose, joy, and fulfillment.
Before we can cross-walk, we must first deny ourselves … self or cross. Self-walk or cross-walk. We can’t do both. If we decide to cross-walk, we will leave footprints of hope, struggle, peace, pain, joy, and life that will lead others to the foot of the cross.
- Which way are you currently walking, self-walk or cross-walk?
- Who else desperately needs to know how to cross-walk?
- Is there an area of your life you haven’t laid down at the foot of the cross?
- What do you need to do to lay it down?
Life is sweet!