Guideline # 5 from Reading the Bible in the 21st Century:
5. The Cross of Christ is Our Cross. When you read about the cross, realize that the cross of Christ is our cross, too. We are called to
- drink that cup and being baptized with that baptism (Mark 10:38; Matthew 20:22; John 18:11);
- present our bodies a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1);
- give up our own priorities and submit to God’s will for our life (Philippians 3:7-9; cf Luke 22:42).
“Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it” (Luke 17:33).
Whereas, the carnal or egoic mind is more than willing to exploit others in an effort to satisfy its desires— and in its futile attempts to evade suffering and death —the mind of Christ accepts the will of the Father, unconditionally, and recognizes that we are members one of another. By taking up our cross and truly trusting in Christ we are enabled, by the grace of God, to fulfill the two greatest commandments: 1) Love God with all our hearts, and 2) Love our neighbor as ourselves. As such, we would do well to keep in mind that the cross of Christ is our cross, too.