Path of the Cross

Lord Jesus Christ offered the cross to his followers. Those who steadfastly follow him until the end will receive the crown of glory. (Matthew 16:24-26) Sadly, many preachers offer prosperity, which will lead them to emptiness.
Embracing death: One who is not afraid of death is not afraid of life with all its challenges. One who takes up the cross under Roman rule means to face imminent, cruel, and torturous death. That means understanding that the visible and temporal world is momentary and will all die and decay. The paradox is: By embracing death, believers embrace eternal life.
Humility: The cross is the place of humility. Lord Jesus emptied himself, humbled himself, and was obedient to accept death. (Philippians 2:7-11) Humble believers are those who are endowed with the grace of God.
Slow and Steady: It is not possible to run with the cross. Anyone who attempts will stumble and fall. The Christian life is a slow and steady journey. In fact, the cross believers bear is heavy, and it moderates the speed and pace.
Discipline: Taking up the cross means to be under discipline like under the yoke. That provides the right context to learn from Him who is meek, gentle, and lowly in heart. (Matthew 11:29) It is daily dying and daily learning so that the mind is renewed by the truth of the Scripture.
Follow and Focus: A disciple must follow the footprints of the Lord. For that, his/her eyes should be upon the Lord Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2) Taking the eye off Him is dangerous and could be disastrous and even death. Peter lost his focus on Lord Jesus when he walked on the water, he sank. (Matthew 14:27-31)
Cannot wander: There is no leisure walk for the one who bears the cross. It is a purposeful journey and a fruitful endeavor. Hence, deviating or taking new routes is not possible. As pilgrims, believers should walk on the narrow path of holiness and way of righteousness.
Do I take up the cross, learn, and follow Him daily?

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