Lifting the cross cuts away self from the soul, and places man where he learns how to bear Christ’s burdens. We cannot follow Christ without wearing His yoke, without lifting the cross and bearing it after Him.
If our will is not in accord with the divine requirements, we are to deny our inclinations, give up our darling desires, and step in Christ’s footsteps.-Ellen G. White, Sons and Daughters of God, p. 69.
- Go back and look at the question at the end of Wednesday’s lesson, in regard to Luke 10:24. What are some of the things that we, living in this day and age, have been privy to witness that
many prophets and kingswould have liked to see but didn’t? What about, for example, the fulfillment of prophecies? Think about how much of Daniel 2:1-49, Daniel 7:1-8:27 were still in the future for many of those prophets and kings but are now historical facts for us. What else can you think of?
- Dwell more on the words of Jesus about someone gaining the whole world but losing one’s soul. What does He mean by that? Or what about losing one’s life in order to save it? What does that mean? It’s one thing for a nonbeliever to cling selfishly to the things of this world. Why not, because that’s all they believe that they have. What else would they cling to? But why, even as believers in Jesus, those who know that this world will end and a new one will one day start, do we find ourselves so readily seeking to gain as much of this world as we can? How can we protect ourselves from this very dangerous spiritual trap?
- Read Luke 10:17-20. One can understand the excitement of these people as they saw that even demons were subject to them in Christ’s name. Look at Jesus’ response to them. What was He saying that’s so important for anyone involved in outreach to understand?
- Who are some people, besides Bible characters, whose choice to follow Christ has cost them a lot, perhaps more than most of us? In class, ask yourselves,
What did these people lose, what did following Christ cost them, and would I be willing to do the same?