Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Surrender, Faith, Trust, Obedience and Suffering is the cost of discipleship. It means that my desires must align with God’s perfect plans. Following Christ sets boundaries on the things that I ask for, “God, let your will be done.” And then, I wait [for as long as God determines] for His answer: “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 27:14.
Total commitment places me in perfect alignment [agreement] with God. Discipleship will never be easy. The last thing that my heart wants to do is to realize that denial of self stands at the center of being a genuine Christian.
Prayer: God, it is our desire to take up our cross, deny ourselves and to faithfully follow you. We commit to always putting you first in our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson