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What did Jesus mean when He said we have to carry a cross? I've heard people talk about a problem they have and say it's a cross they have to bear, but is this what Jesus meant?


No, this isn’t what He meant—although it’s not necessarily wrong to refer to some problem we are having as a “cross” we must bear. In Jesus’ day, a cross was a symbol of suffering, and we all have trials and afflictions that may be very hard for us to bear—even with God’s help.

But Jesus meant something far deeper than this when He told His disciples to carry their cross. He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death. What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day.

You see, Jesus doesn’t simply call us to believe that He existed, or even to believe that He can save us. He calls on us to commit our whole lives to Him—to trust Him alone for our salvation, and then to follow Him as His disciples. He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Is Christ the master of your life? Have you put to death your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life? Don’t be satisfied with anything less, for there is no greater joy in life than following Christ every day.

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  1. Edgar Martens says:

    God demonstrated to mankind how to daily take-up his cross and follow Jesus or God the father. If you will read the first chapter of the first book of the bible and notice how God looked back on each days activities he involved himself in you will notice he was able to say THAT IS GOOD. So he also wants us also to daily bear our cross.

  2. LETA DENNIS says:

    Enjoy reading,

  3. Dan Possible says:

    And someone may say “I know God has great plans for me, but I still want what I want. I dont want Gods will in this situation..” I’ve got one word for you on that….”There’s a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end of that way is destruction” Proverbs 14:12. God bless us all.

  4. Dan Possible says:

    In committing our whole lives to him, its simply saying let him come first in our life. Scriptures says “seek ye first the kingdom of GOD and righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you…….” Matt 6:33. Fact is submitting to God is not saying you are to live a life below what you desire to be in life; Submitting to God is actually allowing God to take charge over your everything and allowing him to pattern and plan your life so you can live above the world standard of life….(Experience has thought me that he is the master planner). Lets look at Jeremiah 29:11…For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12..God has sometin bigger for u

  5. B.D.D.Rynjah says:

    am satisfied with this

  6. Eve says:

    Does this mean we should not have any goals or desires to do specific things are going into a specific field? For instance, I had a desire to to be an actor, so are you saying that’s wrong to have that desire and I should forget about becoming an actor are having any goal in my life?

    1. Linda Lee says:

      God gives you desires and gifts to use for Him. Seek Him first and He will lead you into a place to use the desires and talents He’s given you….whether acting or something else.

  7. Hilda Nabutanda says:

    Great word and explanation

  8. Hilda Nabutanda says:

    I love Jesus and I desire to know Him more and more as a friend and master.