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JANUARY 21

 

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me— Matt. 16:24.

 

Cross-bearing is closely related to self-denial, and yet a distinction between them may be noted. Self-denial relates more particularly to passive obedience and endurance for the Lord’s sake; cross-bearing has to do more especially with activities in the Lord’s service, which we find to be contrary to our natural inclinations. Faithfulness in self-denial means courage and zeal; cross-bearing means victory, overcoming. Our self-denials may be victories in our own hearts, of which others may know nothing, and of which they should know nothing, if we desire to have the fullness of the Lord’s blessing. Our cross-bearing, however, may be seen, to some extent at least, by those who are in close contact with us, and especially by those who are walking in the same “narrow way”.

 

 

Parallel passages: Gen. 22:1-12;  2.Sam. 24:24;  Matt. 8:19-22; 10:37-39; 13:44-46; 19:12,21;  Luke 5:11,27,28; 14:33; 18:27-30; 21:2-4;  Acts 20:22-24;  Rom. 6:1-11; 14:1-22; 15:1-5;   1.Cor. 8:13; 9:12, 15,18,19,23-27; 10:24;  Phil. 3:7-9;  Titus 2:12;  1.Pet.2:11,16; 4:1,2.