Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Crossed Up

September 8

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."   Luke 9:23

"It will require ... a literal firing squad for the old man of sin at every sunrise."


The successful Christian life is no accident.  It rides on the rails of redemption, and is sped along upon the deliberate act of the will to follow JESUS CHRIST.  "And JESUS said unto him, no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of GOD."  Make no room for sentiment of soul, no pity of person, and no rearview.  The true disciple of GOD incarnate has enlisted into the most exacting thing ever known to man.  This is no place for the half-hearted; and quitters need not apply.  There can be no equivocation, no fear (save the fear of GOD), and no turning back.  Self denial is paradoxical, a bona fide binding, and liberating experience.  "... I die daily"  It will require the daily dirge of ourselves at the mirror, and a literal firing squad for the old man of sin at every sunrise.  I would not expect however, that old nature of yours to meet you in the hall each morning with blindfold and cigarette in hand; no! ... he'll have to be tracked down like the refugee of righteousness he is and marched forcibly to his cross. 

"If any man serve ME, let him follow ME; and where I am, there shall also MY servant be: ..."  To follow HIM is to walk where HE walks, and to frequent those perilous heights of faith.  Don't look down, for the footing out here is beyond treacherous, in fact, it is nonexistent.  "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."  In the effort to stay close, we may find ourselves often out on the proverbial limb, but never alone! ... and when out there, don't forget the VINE into which you have been grafted (cf. John 15:1-5). 

"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after ME, cannot be MY disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?"  In the economy of Heaven, there are no downturns, and no need of cost cutting measures, just cost counting.  If you've been 'Crossed Up' by CHRIST, don't skimp when HE calls; just realize that building a life with HIM doth ultimately cost you yours. 

"Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;"

For Love of Country
 Stephen Grover Cleveland  (1837-1908)
(22nd and 24th President of the United States)
"And let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledge the power and goodness of ALMIGHTY GOD WHO presides over the destiny of nations, and WHO has at all times been revealed in our country's history, let us invoke HIS aid and HIS blessings upon our labors ..."

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