Luke 9:23 - "Then [Jesus] said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."
Have you ever thought about what it really means to "take up your cross daily and follow Christ?"
The cross of course is an instrument of death. People died on crosses. So how exactly does Jesus expect his disciples (his students) to die daily?
One writer puts it this way. To take up your cross daily is to "daily desire to die to any will other than the will of God."
That phrase caused me to pause... it takes seriously what it is to try to ascertain what God's will is and then, to die to any other will that competes or conflicts with God's will.
That could be the will of the owner of your boss, or the will of your peer group or the will of your government, or even the will of your church...but most likely, it would probably target your own will more than any other.
Imagine attempting to so submit yourself to the will of God that you werewilling to die to all other wills, including your own, so that you could pursue God's will.
The only way you could do this was if you were convinced that God only willed the very best for you all the time. To believe that is to find submitting to God's will (or better, aligning your will to his) the easier path (or as Jesus says, the easy yoke).
Oh how difficult to trust and obey God!
But really, if you want to be Jesus's students, do you have any other choice?
Grace and Peace,