THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A surgeon was discussing a case with medical students.
"The muscle in the patient's right leg has contracted until it is shorter than the left. Therefore, he limps," said the doctor.
Then he asked, "What would you do in such a circumstance?"
No one had an answer.
Finally, one student said, "I'd limp too!"
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
The cross that we Christians are to bear is certainly not a wooden one which would exhaust us.
Neither is it a showy one which actually communicates pride.
The cross that we Christians are to bear is a spiritual commitment.
This spiritual commitment denotes four things which we should daily consider.
1) A willingness to die to self and to be made over by the "mind of Christ,"
2) A witness to our Lord Who gave His life for our sakes,
3) A way of life that says, "It's not about me, it's about Christ,"
4) A want in our life that desires closeness with our Lord, and devotion to His ministry.
If we try to hold onto self, we LOSE.
If we give self to Christ and follow His will, we GAIN!
Without this commitment there is no salvation.