What does it mean to “take up your cross”?

take up cross8Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. Luke 9:23-24
And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27

What does it mean to “take up your cross”?

First, it means death.
The Roman method of crucifixion had only one result – death. It wasn’t meant to just punish the condemned, it was meant to kill them and put fear into those that witness such a horrible death.
Only the condemned would carry his cross, as in the case of Jesus.
Though the death I’m talking about is not physical but spiritual.
The second point gives a bit more insight into this.

Second, it means to think of God and think of others.
Before taking up the cross …you must turn from your selfish ways. Luke 9:23
Jesus did not carry and die on the cross for Himself. He was innocent.
Instead when he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. Gal 3:13
His thought was on how pleasing His death would be to God for your behalf.
His thought was on others. He took time to make sure someone would take care of His mom. He took time to tell one of the other men condemned with Him that he would be in paradise.
And He did all this while dying on the cross.

Third, it means discipleship, to be a true follower of Jesus.
And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. Eph 5:2
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. Gal 5:19-26

Finally, it means life
It seems like an contradiction since the first point said it means death. But only through death can you have eternal life.
If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. Matt 10:38-39
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Gal 2:20
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. Rom 6:6-10


2 thoughts on “What does it mean to “take up your cross”?

  1. Tim, I take back what I had Ever tell you, of course, he may NOT have told you what I said, Thanks for your words of wisdom on a daily basis,
    Much Love,

  2. Reblogged this on Kristi's Place and commented:
    Amen, Jesus Christ Died on Cross. He Loves us! Always Pray for Jesus Christ for Him, because He Love Everyone! Please Read the Bible and John now! You will Know Jesus then! God Bless Everyone.

    Love Always, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Jorgensen
    MsGuidedAngel Ann

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