Mar 18, 2019
Recently, a devastating tornado in Beauregard, Alabama took the lives of 23 people from ages 8 to 89 with one family losing 10 members. The country was shocked at the loss of life that happened so quickly with no warning. It makes you realize how short life can be with no one knowing the day or the hour of our own death.
The deadly consequences of the tornado offer an opportunity to stop and think more deeply about the greater questions of our own existence. We are jolted out of our rather everyday self-centered life focused on comfort, success and acquiring stuff, to ask ourselves “Where am I going? How well prepared am I to face death and the beyond right now? ”
In Luke 9:22, Jesus takes on this age old question and cuts right to the heart of the matter. He says “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his eternal soul?” He then lays out what we need to do to earn eternal happiness. He says to his disciples “If anyone wishes to come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross daily.”
Author, Jason Klinnert reminds us that the real stumbling block to being a true disciple of Christ is in daily denying ourselves. We want eternal happiness but don’t want to do anything hard to get there. Taking up your cross is different and unique to each of us. To deny ourselves is to say “no” to our desires, our temptations, and our sins, then say “yes” to Jesus. That’s what it means to take up our cross and follow Him.
During Lent take time to ponder deeply the cross that you alone bear and how to do a better job of denying yourself daily.