Self-renunciation and taking up one’s cross are not options; they are indispensable core elements of Christianity.
Mark 8: 34 – 9: 1
The Lord is asking a huge commitment when he says that anyone who wants to be his follower must renounce self and take up their cross and follow Him.
Renouncing self is essential to Christian discipleship. It demonstrates that the disciple is willing to listen to and follow Jesus’ teachings. It also demonstrates the willingness to put aside one’s own desires and priorities and be obedient to God’s will, even if it is difficult or involves suffering.
Taking up one’s cross is equally essential to Christian discipleship. It shows commitment and dedication to the Lord. It involves the willingness to bear difficulties and challenges that come with living a life that is guided by faith and service to others.
Self-renunciation and taking up one’s cross are not options; they are indispensable core elements of Christianity. They demonstrate humility before God, openness to personal sacrifice and willingness to endure in good times and bad. They speak to how much disciples love the Lord and want to make Him the centre of their lives.