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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. doloris says:

    Thank God for the encouragement.

  2. John Graham says:

    I love the word in law saying all that, getting understanding. So I love understanding the word and I will always like to dig deeper to understand and pray for strength in the Lord.

  3. Keith Davis says:

    When persecution comes; you will be amazed how the Holy Spirit will speak through you!

  4. Peace odiki says:

    Carrying your cross is a commencement of a new journey

  5. Mise Olakunmi says:

    Powerful words of God with power to change every lives.

  6. Tommy says:

    Does Christ want us all to Bible Preachers and Bible teachers? Please explain more

    1. BGEA says:

      Tommy, not everyone is called to be a pastor, yet no matter where God leads you, as Christians, we do have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus. While some are called to missions overseas or maybe to a classroom right where they live, we can all share our hope in Christ with people around us—neighbors, friends, family and others we run into each day. For more on sharing the Gospel, click here: Or if you’d like to read more about spiritual gifts, this may be helpful:

      If you are interested, you can also look into online evangelism training:

    2. Keith Davis says:

      No! God wants us to reflect Him. Like a mirror. Romans 12_1