A Christian Never Lays Down His Cross.

Wednesday is for Prayer

The words of Bonhoeffer, because we tend to forget what is most basic to the Christian life of humility and service. We tend to forget to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33)

“The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with His death—we give over our lives to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ.

When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow Him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death every time—death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at his call.”

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (London: SCM Press, 1948/2001), 44, emphasis added.


A Christian never lays down a cross. And he never stops repenting till his last breath escapes and he is ushered into the presence of the One who saves him from all that which he had need to confess.

Oh that we would know this in the deepest crevices of our souls!

Lord Jesus, help me to bear every cross, confess every known sin, to enter into the greatest reliance upon You and Your Spirit, so that You and Your Spirit would have unhindered access to all that You would transform for Your glory. I want to be made desperate for the transformation that only You can effect. Would You, for Your greater glory, do this mighty work in me. Amen.

One thought on “A Christian Never Lays Down His Cross.

  1. An amazingly encouraging post Marty, thank you. And I fully agree with my mind (though my flesh wars against the Spirit) that we must be constantly given over to death: death to sin, death to the World, death to the old man.

    We cannot attain to the resurrection unless we first have gone to the cross.


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