What does “take up your cross” mean?


“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27


Jesus’ death upon the cross not only saves us, but it continues to sanctify us.

Have you read where Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mark 8:34b)?

Many people think that this means that our “cross” is a sickness, an unsaved spouse, or a cruel boss. However, a cross is not something that is forced upon you, over which you have no choice. A cross is something you willingly take up.

Jesus willingly laid down His life. He calls us to do the same.


Your cross is when you willingly die to yourself. You do this by saying no to sin and self, and yes to Christ.