Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Following Jesus will require us taking up our cross. A cross is something flesh dies on and it is something we are free to pick up or lay down. There are costs and sacrifices to being a disciple of Jesus (sacrifice in terms of commitment, consecration, and dedication). We cannot pay for what God has provided by His grace but responding to it requires diligence, faithfulness, and obedience.
Anytime you want to go higher in anything, there’s always a price, a sacrifice. Be sure you are ready to handle the sacrifice that goes with what you dream about Matthew 10:38, 39. Anytime we feel the struggle, adversity, or pressure of our flesh to give up as we go on in God, we will do one of two things:
- We will make an excuse, or
- We will make a sacrifice (sacrifice is going beyond our initial commitment to achieve success).
What success is there without sacrifice? Sacrifice always precedes success and achievement.
If you succeed without sacrifice, it is because someone else sacrificed BEFORE you.
If you are sacrificing without success, it is often because someone else will succeed AFTER you. Every parent that has raised a child knows that’s right.