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Taking Up Your Cross

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

The world as we know it today is continuously becoming more and more immoral. A lot of the immoral things are being popularized as well as normalized. Everyday, it becomes increasingly harder to live as a teen. More so, it’s even harder for Christian teens to get around today without being tempted by the things our friends might be doing. However, it is our obligation as Chrisitans to take up our cross daily despite the constant temptations that could cause us to fall at times. Jesus says in Matthew chapter 16 that we should indeed take up our cross and follow.

Matthew 16:24 ESV - “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Luke 14:27 ESV - “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”

Time and time again the notion of taking up your cross is emphasized by Jesus, so what exactly does taking up your cross mean? Taking up your cross essentially means following Jesus no matter what troubles arise. More vaguely, Jesus means you have to be willing to die in order to follow Jesus. After each time Jesus commanded cross-bearing, He usually said the same sentence:

Luke 9:24-25 ESV - “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?”

Living as a Christian teen will always be a challenge, but is a challenge we can win by the grace of God.


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