Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.”
Matthew 16:24-25 HCSB
Jesus walks with you. Are you walking with Him seven days a week, and not just on Sunday mornings? Are you a seven-day-a-week Christian who carries your faith with you to work each day, or do you try to keep Jesus at a “safe” distance when you’re not sitting in church? Hopefully, you understand the wisdom of walking with Christ all day every day.
Jesus loved you so much that He endured unspeakable humiliation and suffering for you. How will you respond to Christ’s sacrifice? Will you take up His cross and follow Him—during good times and tough times—or will you choose another path? When you place your hopes squarely at the foot of the cross, when you place Jesus squarely at the center of your life, you will be blessed.
Do you seek to fulfill God’s purpose for your life? Do you seek spiritual abundance? Would you like to partake in “the peace that passes all understanding”? Then follow Christ. Follow Him by picking up His cross today and every day that you live. When you do, you will quickly discover that Christ’s love has the power to change everything, including you.
You who suffer take heart. Christ is the answer to sorrow.
Jesus Christ is not a security from storms. He is perfect security in storms.
When you are in deep water . . . trust the One who walked on it.
In the midst of the pressure and the heat, I am confident His hand is on my life, developing my faith until I display His glory, transforming me into a vessel of honor that pleases Him!
Anne Graham Lotz
Dear Jesus, because I am Your disciple, I will trust You, I will obey Your teachings, and I will share Your Good News. You have given me life abundant and life eternal, and I will follow You today and forever. Amen.