Cross of a believer, that is the hardest place for a believer. This is the place where your life comes to an end and God’s life begins to dominate. Remember Galatians 2:20, it says I’m crucified with Christ nevertheless I live yet not I, but Christ lives in me. I am crucified with Christ, that is the cross for a believer before all the good things that Christ promises we must first go to the cross. That is true of Jesus’ life, before He got us, He had to go to the cross. Even David’s life before he fulfilled his call, he had he had to go through the cross. Every successful person in the Bible before they fulfilled their purpose they had to go to the cross. The cross does not mean tough times, the cross does not mean sickness or anything like that, the cross means the place in our lives where we lay down our lives and we say to God, you are my Lord.
That is a truth that we do not hear a lot in the in the church. Accepting Jesus as our Lord and savior. We say it a lot, we say Jesus is my Lord and savior. That is just a phrase that we use, and we know the savior part, but we don’t know the Lord part. The Lord part is when He dictates our life. It’s when He decides where to go and where not to go. That is not a dictatorship it’s a lordship. A dictator does that for his benefit, God does that for our benefit.
For us to go anywhere with the Lord we must go through the cross. In the garden of Gethsemane right before Jesus went to the physical cross, He battled his soulish cross. That is a cross that we will face. Most of us will not go to a physical cross but we will face our cross in the garden of Gethsemane in our time of prayer. And this is the cross for believers when we get to pray not my will but your will. That is when self-stops and God begins to influence us. This does not mean we become mummies or puppets this means that we have submitted our will to his leadership and let him guide us to how we’re supposed to live this life.