March 2, 2018 – Friday
Luke 9:23 [NLT] Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”
Our world has a history of struggle over human rights. Fortunately, this fight has been led by many great Christians. But think about this: what would have happened if Christians did not show up for the fight? What if Dietrich Bonhoeffer chose not to give up his own way? What if Martin Luther King, Jr. chose just to think of his own household? What if Bishop Desmond Tutu decided to take up his cross only on Sundays?
Scripture reminds us what Jesus expects. If you want to be a Christian – if you want salvation – then you must give up your own way each and every day. I do not matter. You do not matter. Our task is not to be selfishly happy. Our task is to be servantly obedient. Our task is to follow Him, regardless, and follow Him at every moment of the day.
That is a tough commandment, but the struggle over treating people as Jesus expects will not end until you and I truly become His followers. When we act selfishly, there is no example about loving and respecting one another. There is no evidence of why we need to follow Him.
Today, will you give up your own way as Christ expects? Will you pick up your cross when you see injustice on the way to and from work? At work, will you be like other great Christians – Bonhoeffer, King, and Tutu? You don’t have to get fired, but you do have to show up for the fight.
Today and each day, give up your own way because surely you will be too busy following Him!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for going to the cross for me, so I do not have to be selfish and bigoted toward others. Thank You for telling me what it takes to be a Christian. I will follow You today and each day. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Holman, Alabama USA