What is Carry Your Cross?
Â Carry your cross means to put Jesus Christ first in everything you do so that whatever you do glorify God. Every Christian must carry their cross to follow Jesus Christ. If you truly accept Jesus as your lord, you must let him take in charge of your life. Many Christians don’t surrender their life completely to God. Instead of letting God take charge of their life, they like to do things their ways and not put God first. Anyone who want to follow Jesus must deny himself (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23) and take up his cross and follow him (Matthew 10:38; Luke 14:27).
Why Carry Your Cross?
Salvation is not obtained by just believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and he was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9). In the past, we live according to our sinful nature. After you have accepted Jesus Christ as your lord, you no longer lives but Christ now lives in you (Romans 6:6). You must crucify your old self. The old self, is the sins you are accustomed to do such as bad habits, hatred, violence, cheating, stealing and etc. When you fully surrender to God and let him become your master, you will obey him and carry out his commandments.
In Ephesians 4:22, we must put off our old self, which is being corrupted by deceitful desires. Only the righteous will inherit the kingdom of God. To be righteous means to have faith in God and carry out his commandments. If you have faith and not work, you are lying (James 2:14-24). If you have faith in God, you must demonstrate it in your lifestyle by following Jesus and giving yourself to him one hundred percent. In Proverbs 13:5, the righteous hate what is false but the wicked bring shame and grace.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17, anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. He will put away the old bad habits and become a new person by following Jesus and doing his commandments. Once you have set your mind on walking by the Spirit and not after the flesh, your sins will be washed away with the precious blood of Jesus Christ and there will be no condemnation on you.
How to Carry Your Cross?
Every day, you should carry your cross to follow Jesus. Every day, you should spend some time to learn the word of God. The bible is the word of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16, all scripture is God breathed and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. In 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul told the Thessalonians that the word of God they preach is really the word of God, which is at work in the believers.
Every day, you must read your bible. If there is something you don’t understand in the bible, you can reference the commentary. There are many free commentaries in the public domains. You can find these commentaries at a bible website. You can also buy the bible commentaries from the store. You can ask your pastor or your fellow Christian if you don’t understand something when reading the bible. Before reading the bible, you should pray to the Holy Spirit to give you understanding so that you can understand the word of God.
Every day, you should set aside some time to pray and worship God. Besides praying for yourself, there are many things you can pray for such as the countries around the world, your own country, your unsaved family members, your friends, your church. When worship God, you can sing the church hymns.
You should be kind and generous to people. If you see someone with an urgent need, you must not ignore his request but help him. For example, if your neighbor need money for an emergency medical treatment, you should lend it to him. You must give to those who ask and lend to those who want to borrow from you. You must put God first in every way in your life. You must carry out every single commandment of God in the bible.
If you sin, you should confess and repent from it and stop doing it. If you confess your sins to God, God who is faithful will forgive you and cleanse away your sins (1 John 1:9).