According to Texas legend, in the last days of the long battle for the Alamo, the mission was surrounded by Mexican troops and defeat was certain. Col. William Travis gathered his men, took out his sword, and we are told, drew a line in the dirt, and said something like this, “Stand with me to defend the Alamo and die by crossing this line.” The line in the sand perspective represents something that is absolutely true, ‘courageous decisions often come with a high price.’ Are you willing to make those kinds of remarkable decisions?
Jesus said this, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 and, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will know my Father too. And from now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7. The question remains, “Do you know Him?”
“From that time on Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed and on the third day be raised. So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: “God forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you!” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it. For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Matthew 16:21-28.
It is easy to say, “I am a Christian” within the walls of a building, but to deny yourself and take up that cross is oftentimes impossible because of the cost of doing so. When Christ implores you to take up your cross in denial of self, He is telling you to forget yourself and focus upon Him. If you are claiming to know Christ without discipleship, you are truthfully denying Him. Get out from behind the placard and follow Him, become His Follower!!
Jesus is Lord!!