“Walk Together Children!”
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.”(Mark 8:34 NLT)
Beloved of God:
Anyone who was there to hear Jesus say “take up your cross and follow me” and decided to answer that call, had to walk in the midst of the crowd that was following Him. Jesus made this call while on the way to Jerusalem to give His life as a ransom for the world, with what the Bible calls a multitude of people following Him on the way. Following in a situation like that, could be tricky. Because, everybody in the crowd wasn’t as adept at following Jesus as others. Furthermore, while some in the crowd were determined to get closer to Jesus, others just wanted to be in the crowd while being as far away from Jesus as possible. So, depending on who was surrounding you in the crowd, walking with them could help you out or trip you up.
It is the same for those of us who seek to follow Jesus today. Following Jesus necessarily means walking together with other followers. Walking with Jesus is, by definition, “sharing the journey.” To follow after Jesus, you must walk with the persons on either side of you, in back of you, and in front of you. You must walk with them, but at the same time keep pace and step with Him alone. You must walk with them, but let Jesus alone dictate your steps. You must walk with them, while only following after Jesus. Herein is found the balance of giving up our own way for sake of one another, even as we understand that each of our journeys is ours alone to make.
God’s purpose for each of us is that we share our journey on this earth with others. Therefore, if any of us wants to follow Jesus, we must give up our own way, take up our cross and follow Him.
In Him, Pastor Maxwell
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