He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8
When Jesus addressed His disciples, He warned that each one must “take up his cross and follow me.” The disciples must have known exactly what the Master meant. In Jesus’ day, prisoners were forced to carry their own crosses to the location where they would be put to death. Thus, Christ’s message was clear: in order to follow Him, Christ’s disciples must deny themselves and, instead, trust Him completely. Nothing has changed since then.
If we are to be disciples of Christ, we must trust Him and place Him at the very center of our beings. Jesus never comes “next.” He is always first. The paradox, of course, is that only by sacrificing ourselves to Him do we gain salvation for ourselves.
The 19th-century writer Hannah Whitall Smith observed, “The crucial question for each of us is this: What do you think of Jesus, and do you yet have a personal acquaintance with Him?” Indeed, the answer to that question will determine the quality, the course, and the direction of your life today and for all eternity.
Jesus has called upon believers of every generation (and that includes you) to walk with Him. Jesus promises that when you follow in His footsteps, He will teach you how to live freely and lightly (Matthew 11:28-30). And when Jesus makes a promise, you can depend upon it.
Today, think of at least one single step that you can take to become a better disciple for Christ. Then, take that step.
– Steve Arterburn
As we seek to become disciples of Jesus Christ, we should never forget that the word disciple is directly related to the word discipline. To be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is to know his discipline. – Dennis Swanberg
There is not Christianity without a cross, for you cannot be a disciple of Jesus without taking up your cross. – Henry Blackaby
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children. – Ephesians 5:1