“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24, NIV 1984).
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, NIV 1984).
My Musings – A couple well-known verses, with interesting paralells:
- Deny Yourself – “I no longer live.“
- Come After Me – “Christ lives in me.“
- Take Up Your Cross – “I have been crucified with Christ.“
- Follow Me – “I live by faith in the Son of God.“
My Advice – Christ gave up so much (denied Himself) to pursue (come after) us. This took Him to the cross (crucified), so that we might live (by faith). The cross we are asked to bear pales in comparison to the one He bore. Let’s deny ourselves, our path, and follow Him. Though it might lead through the “valley of the shadow of death,” it ends up in “green pastures.“