Truly, this is a worthy reminder for us as we wrestle through the unexpected trials and varying circumstances of our lives.
As Christians who have fixed our hope on the appearing of our Lord Jesus, we have been called to follow in the footsteps of our Lord. Thus, the call of discipleship is a central theme of the Christian life and this calling is intimately connected to our sanctification. Jesus Himself gives an important prerequisite for anyone who claims to be His disciple.
If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23
Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:27
These passages do not mean that we have to suffer as Jesus did, nor does it mean that our cross-bearing is meritorious. However, it does mean that the pattern of Christian sanctification is connected to the experience of the cross – namely, our spiritual life is connected to…
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