by Wally Fry
Taking Up Our Own Cross
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” Matthew 16:24.
In an earlier devotion, we discussed that the Law—any man-made set of rules or works of any sort—never brings us to a reconciled state with God the Father; yet, here we see Jesus seemingly telling us that there are expectations of believers. On the surface, this may seem like a dilemma or even a contradiction. Rest easy as there are no contradic-tions in God’s Word!
Just as we do not save ourselves through our own power and ability, neither do we pick up our crosses and follow Jesus through our own power and ability. It is the drawing and the convicting of the Holy Spirit which brings us to salvation, and the indwelling…
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