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Meaning Of Pick Up Cross

What does it mean to pick up your cross?

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Jesus cross was to take sin upon himself our cross is put off sin from our life. Jesus paid for our sin and now we are free.

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

The cross is an instrument of death and we are to die to our lusts of the flesh.
---exzucuh on 1/31/10


As stated-Your conduct of daily Life according to the Word is your daily chore/duty,thus your cross to bear to the end as was with Christ,is the way and what you will be judged at the Final Day of Reckoning, so be mindful to make it " the Way of the Light".
---Charles on 1/28/10


As stated-Your conduct of daily Life according to the Word is your daily chore/duty,thus your cross to bear to the end as was with Christ,is the way and what you will be judged at the Final Day of Reckoning, so be mindful to make it " the Way of the Light".
---Charles on 1/28/10


"What does it mean to pick up your cross?"

"To pick up" ones cross is to associate one's self as companion of and in the finished work of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, and to receive by faith that which has been offered for the remission of ones sins.
---joseph on 6/22/09


only comment about this blog / verse is are those christians who tell us to 'carry our cross, deny himself...' will practice it?
---mike on 5/1/09




There is no more clearer symbol in the world than the Cross of Christ. It identifies you as a Christian and exclaims your beliefs and purpose to the world in a loud clear voice. It offends the dissenter and restores the spirit of the weary. To me the verse has always meant that we are to boldly identify ourselves as Christians to the world. By taking up our cross we are shouting to the World that we belong to him and are not ashamed. We are not without problem or ridicule, but we are in fact proud to be associated with the living God.
---TIMOTHY on 4/29/09


As for the question at hand of picking up your cross...

Relive every agonizing second between the time Jesus first touched the cross until he died on it.

As the end of this age comes to a close, the weight of the cross becomes more heavy. You find your strength to carry your cross as you become closer to God by daily prayer, daily reading of the bible, and daily fellowship with other believers.

Praying you and yours peace of mind, joy of spirit, good health and many great friends to share them with in Jesus' name.
---Steveng on 4/28/09


more_excellent_way: "It is unjust/unfair to make your problems other people's problems, so The Lord says that before we can be TRUE disciples of His, we have to "pick up" our own cross (bear our own burdens ourselves)."

Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" becasue living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle - not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational "churches."

Sharing each other's burdens satisfies the second commandment Jesus spoke of.
---Steveng on 4/28/09


Picking up one's cross, simply means you obey God, whether you feel like it or not. Not much comfort in picking up one's cross. If your life is full of comfort, you are not picking up your cross. [Only for Born-again believers]. Hypocrites are cowards.
---catherine on 4/28/09


Ah, something added to my growth!
Thank you MIC, Alan and Bob (and others).
Wise deductions all!

I've been dragging around 'many crosses' lately, they get lighter with each passing day as long on I lean on Jesus.
Bless you Godly men!
---NV_Barbara on 4/28/09




It means to lay down our will for HIS will.

It is written, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, not MY will be done."

It is the hardest thing, and sometimes very painful to lay down the things we want, i.e., a husband, restoring of a physical part of our body that we think we can't do without, etc., but once we lay it down, we choose HIS will for our lives and do what HE wants us to be doing instead of what we want. It's called the cross.

The cross is a representation of God's will (vertical piece of wood) versus man's will (the horizontal piece of wood that crosses the other piece of wood).
---donna8365 on 4/28/09


Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law. These are the fruits Jesus extended to everyone. If we walk in the Spirit and are led by the Spirit, we can carry the cross every day. Bless those who persecute us and fight evil with good. Turn the other cheek. We need to think, what would Jesus do, and then do it! God wants us to conform to the image of His Son.
---Bob on 4/27/09


TY Bruce, Linda, Mark, and MEW.
'Nuff said!
---NV_Barbara on 4/27/09


Catherine

Please forgive me, if you can. Putting all else aside, and I am saying all.
Because if you, in your heart believe the word of God given to the whole world.
You will stand, you can not fall. For, he himself will hold you up in his hands.
This is his word to you.

And even more then this is to come
By the word of God
---TheSeg on 4/27/09


What was Jesus's CROSS? to do the will of His Father, and show US THE WAY TO HEAVEN. why else did he say "FOLLOW ME" use me as your example.So we must use all our trials and tribulations in our daily lives as stepping stones to perfection, THIS is our Cross, to deny the imperfections of this world and by His example FOLLOW.AS Bruce said Matt16:24-25. It is called "the Cross of self denial"May many of you who trully seek find this cross in your daily way of life.The secret of love is revealed herein.
---MIC on 4/27/09


Does pick up your cross mean that your church needs to have a cross in their church?
Does pick up your cross have anything to do with a physical cross?

No, absolutely not, and dont let anyone tell you it does!
If it were so, Christ would have said make me a cross of wood and nail me to it.
He said just the opposite to the father.

Mat 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Dont put anything before the word of God.
---TheSeg on 4/27/09


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Catherine ... Are you saying that to know that Jesus said " is hypocritical?

You say you are "determined to obey God"

Yet you don't want to obey Jesus and Pick up your cross and follow Him.

What other of His commands do you choose to disobey, in your determination to obey God?
---alan8566_of_UK on 4/27/09


Does pick up your cross mean that your church needs to have a cross in their church? Does pick up your cross have anything to do with a physical cross?
---Bobbie on 4/27/09


To really know God, alan, is to know that God also wants His people to be themselves and not to be like the hpocrites. I go out of my way not be to like the hypocrites, who seems to know scripture, but has never been saved through the Blood of Jesus Christ, is my answer to you.
---catherine on 4/26/09


Catherine ... "But I do not use this "picking up your cross", nor do I think in this way. No, I am too busy holding my breath, determined to obey God"

But surely, Jesus told us to take up our cross. To do so is to obey God.
---alan8566_of_UK on 4/26/09


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I do not use this "picking up your cross", nor do I think in this way. No, I am too busy holding my breath, determined to obey God....Letting Him down is my biggest fear. I would die.
---catherine on 4/25/09


It certainly doesn't mean to pick up a wooden cross and walk around with it. And it doesn't mean to go and pick up a bunch of burdens to carry because we are told not to do that.
Bruce nailed it right-on. Self sacrifice. The kind that is not attached to the world.
Literally, this verse says to pick up the stakes. Meaning posessions that attach us to the world.
---john on 4/25/09


Just as rain come down from heaven and fall on the tip of a tree
Run down the branches and wets the whole tree
Until it finds the root it can not enter the tree

Likewise God is like the rain.
You are the tip of the tree, Christ is the tree.
The Holy Spirit is the root of the tree, (as you see it.)
But the ground is man.

So pick up your cross and Find better ground.
There are so many ways to look at a thing, but only one right way.
There is only one that can show you it.

What am I saying, try to look at the world as Christ did!
With his help you will understand.

God Blesses You!
---TheSeg on 4/25/09


The burdens and troubles that you have are "your cross".

You should bear (deal with) your own troubles, not make your troubles/problems OTHER PEOPLE'S problems.

It is unjust/unfair to make your problems other people's problems, so The Lord says that before we can be TRUE disciples of His, we have to "pick up" our own cross (bear our own burdens ourselves).

This has to do with the "doctrine" (understanding) of SUFFRAGE.

Whenever we suffer for the sake of GOODNESS, we suffer in His name and for His kingdom...

Romans 5:4
"and endurance produces character".

Matthew 24:13
"he who endures to the end will be saved".
---more_excellent_way on 4/25/09


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Gal 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me".

We crucify our selfish desires. We are dead to ourselves, we live only for God's will.

I hate the saying "You are too heavenly minded and are no earthly good". The opposite is far more often true "you are too earthly minded and no heavenly good".

Col 3:2-3 "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.".
---Mark_Eaton on 4/24/09


Boy that is a tough issue. Jesus said,Take up your cross and follow me. I think it literally means we all have cross to bear. Or some form. None o which we carry alone if we are in Christ!
---Linda_Carlton on 4/24/09


Picking up your cross has many meanings. For example, it speaks of the life of self sacrifice that is befitting a Christian. (Jesus first, others second, self last). It speaks bearing the persecution we may face as Christians. I know people that, when they became a Christian, endured great persecution from the community, friends and family. Even to the point of being disowned by the family.

The answer, really, is right in the context of the verse: Matthew 16:24-25, "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/09


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