… with others in mind!
What did Jesus mean when He said …
If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Matt 16 24
Jesus wants us to set aside our self-interest,
… and take up our cross and follow Him.
Jesus did not tell us to take up His cross,
… but wants us to follow His example,
… and take up ‘our cross’.
But what is this cross He wants us to take up?
His cross is obvious, giving Himself for others,
… doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
The cross Jesus wants us to take up is the same,
… giving ourselves for others,
not as in sacrificing our bodies on a cross,
… but by laying down our lives (self) for others!
How does He expect us to do that?
By doing what He did on the cross – by living love!
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.
And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his
brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him,
how does the love of God abide in him?
1 John 3 16
Jesus wants us to live our lives loving others,
… doing what we do with others in mind,
as He did on the cross … with us in mind!