“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
Brett McCraken, in Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community states, “to be a Christian is to accept the discomfort of a way of life inspired and empowered by a cruel, rugged old cross, a symbol of scorn and degradation.”
Here are five losses that occur when you embrace the cross of Christ:
- The loss of being your own boss. Following Jesus requires a surrender of will (48).
- The loss of consumer religion. Following Jesus is about sacrifice rather than personal gain and service rather than power (49).
- The loss of pride. Following Jesus means we understand (and continue to grow in this understanding) that no rule-keeping, no good deeds…nothing can save us except Jesus.
- The loss of health, wealth, and comfort. Following Jesus often times means material discomfort.
- The loss of power, coolness, and cultural respectability. Following Jesus is in many instances a commitment to live in a manner that is uncool, politically incorrect and just plain weird at times (52).