Mark 8:34,35 “…If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself (forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests) and take up his cross, and (joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party) follow with Me (continually, cleaving steadfastly to me). For whoever wants to save his (higher, spiritual, eternal) life, will lose it (the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth); and whoever gives up his life (which is lived only on earth) for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it (his higher, spiritual life in the eternal kingdom of God).” AMP.
Through this scripture I urge each of you, myself included, to man up… take up your own cross today and be saved. We serve a mighty God who had His Son carry His own cross for our sake, but it doesn’t give us the right to take everything as a given! There is work to be done…let’s do it! Let’s be city changers by carrying our own crosses but with the advantage of God’s firm embrace each step of the way!