August 12, 2007
by Brandon Canup (2nd year student – Tri-Cities School of Preaching & Christian Development)
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me”
How many times does God need to say something for it to be a commandment, or a reason to obey it? A commandment needs to be said just once, That’s it! That’s all it takes! And Jesus stated it several times in the Bible. Was it to get a point across…or did they just not understand? What does it mean to take up your cross and follow him? First, let us look at Biblical examples of what Christians had to endure. Through the ages Christians have been a persecuted and unpopular people. Christians live by guidelines set by God and no other, we were taught this as children and we teach this as Christian adults. There will be hard times…Christians will suffer persecution for what they believe. The first part of the sentence is “let him deny himself”. What does it mean to deny oneself, and why? The Scriptures state that we are to be “followers of God”. As Christians we should strive to be as David “…a man after God’s own heart”. We cannot follow God and man at the same time (Matt 6:24, Luke 16:13). We also need to be selfless and give up personal wants in this world. We have in the Bible an example of where a man knew what was right, and knew the will of God, but despaired because HE HAD GREAT POSSESSIONS. We need to let the things of this world go, and only then we can “come after Jesus”.