by Andrew Murray
What was first a condition that we had to fulfill if we were to follow Jesus, becomes the blessed fruit of following Him. When we hear the call, “Follow me” ( Matt. 4:19 ), we think chiefly of all it implies for us. It is necessary that we do so, but it is not the chief thing. As we think of denying ourselves and taking up our cross daily, we realize how little we know of what it all means, and how little we are able to perform even what we do know.
A trusted leader takes all the responsibility for the journey and makes every provision. We need to focus our hearts on Jesus, who calls us to take up our cross and to follow Him. On Calvary, He opened the way for us and led us even to the throne of God’s power. Yes, let us focus our hearts on Him. As He led his disciples, He will lead us.
The Cross is a mystery. Taking up one’s cross is a deep mystery. To be crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20 ) is the deepest mystery of redemption. The hidden wisdom of God is a mystery. Let us follow Christ with a true desire to let Him lead us. Let us live as fully as He did, to the glory of the Father. And let us enter with Christ through death into the fullness of life.