“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me,

cannot be my disciple.”

  (Luke 14:27 KJV)

The disciples, no doubt, had seen a man take up his cross, and they knew what it meant. It was a one-way journey from which he would never come back. Taking up the cross means the utmost in self-denial. Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us that when Jesus Christ calls us to follow Him, He bids us to come and die. In the final analysis, bearing the cross means kneeling in Gethsemane and saying an eternal yes to all the will of God for us.