The Mystery of Discipleship

#25 A Cross Experience for the Disciple

Posted: Saturday, April 1st, 2017
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About The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.


Continuing with Luke 14…
“And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.”

This matter of putting God before our dearest ties is a cross experience, and that dying is excruciating for both, but precious to God. It is death to relationship, but oneness is the reward.

I don’t usually tell a personal story but I want to share this one with you…

My precious daughter has spent time with God to understand my calling, and He has given her valuable insight about His purpose for me. She sees. She has been an amazing supporter to help me walk in my calling, and the Lord has often given her warnings of danger for me.

She went with me to Israel one year and her prayer beforehand was, “Lord, let Mom forget I am here.” She purposed to be of no distraction to my responsibilities. I did not know she had been so completely unselfish, and several times during the trip I really did forget she was there. I was horrified at myself but I was free to be focused on the Lord and His agenda.

She had a wonderful time and loved the journey and the people who traveled with us, but she had relinquished having a trip with ME only! She held herself as simply one of the travelers…oh, it was amazing to me. That was a once in a lifetime experience for us, and she was willing to live it only on God’s terms.

I was aware she was walking in delight, just alone with her own Lord and living out her private journey. A dear friend and her husband also made the journey, and they were Julia’s travel buddies, so the Lord set it up perfectly for HER as she gave the trip over to Him!

And in that state of surrender, she also formed a relationship that is going to be a blessing in her life and mine. She walked in the Lord’s will for her, and so He brought His will TO her. And in addition, she had new insight about my life and discernment about my walk and my needs in traveling.

I have died to her a hundred times and she has died to me. And the Lord has made us one in amazing ways that are very private and wonderful. We are on the same path of God’s purpose and will. The Lord loves to make Church out of family, but it happens only through the Cross of dying to self.

Other Devotionals in The Mystery of Discipleship Series

Mystery of Discipleship #91 Whose Love Do You Love? #90 The Disciples Were Following Love #89 Seeing the Father #88 From the Eyes of Your Heart #87 To See the Lord #86 Fellowship with the Son #85 Spiritual Ears that Hear God #84 The Disciple's Spiritual Purity #83 Mixture Is Wanting Something for ME #82 For Love of the World #81 The Conscience of the World #80 Salt, the Unseen Spark #79 Salt of the Earth #78 The Heart's Possessions #77 Priests and Disciples #76 Faith and Surrender Were the Victory #75 Soldier of Christ Jesus #74 We Will Be Sifted Like Wheat #73 Jesus' Prayer in Warfare #72 Victory in the Vessel #71 The Cost of the Conflict #70 God's Consecrated People #69 Where Jesus is Lord, People are Church #68 The Presence of the Lord #67 An Abode for God #66 A Holy Temple #65 Church is Christ #64 The Boss: Jesus Christ, the Head #63 Supreme Head of the Church #62 Ministry to the Church #61 Disciples are Builders #60 Enemies of the Cross #59 Raised by the Power of Resurrection #58 The Disciple and the Kingdom #57 The Cross and the Nature of Man #56 The End of Effort #55 A Terrifyingly Beautiful Process #54 The Cost of Building and Battling #53 The Cost of the Call #52 Crucified to the World #51 You Boast About What You Love #50 The Cross: Abandon Self for HIM #49 The Cross and the Will #48 The Cross Began in Gethsemane #47 The Cross is the Zeal of God #46 The Power of God #45 The Cross is Love #44 The Cross is a Divide #43 The Brilliance of the Word #42 Love Alone Embraces the Cross #41 Repentance and Transformation #40 Love in Exact Proportion to Repentance #39 Passion for Christ #38 Our Gracious and Brilliant Lord #37 To Love the Lord with Undying Love #36 The Last and Largest Love #35 Do You Love Me? #34 The Sword of Love #33 Discipleship is Abandon #32 Christ Is My Home #31 A Healthy Hatred for My Soul-Life #30 Your Heritage from Family #29 The Heavenly Father Is the Source #28 Belonging to God and His Family #27 One Family in Christ Jesus #26 Spirit of Counsel and Knowledge
#25 A Cross Experience for the Disciple (Currently Viewing)
#24 Jesus' True Family Revealed #23 The One Criterion for Family #22 Enemies in the House #21 Christ's Dominion Isn't Cruel to Family #20 Spiritual Understanding is Responsibility #19 Belonging to God, a Right of Ownership #18 When We Come to Christ as a Disciple #17 The Major Condition of Discipleship #16 The IF of Discipleship #15 How a Believer Becomes a Disciple #14 Utter Dependence – Blind, Poor, Lame and Needy #13 What Is God's View of Disciples? #12 Guests of the Marriage Supper #11 The Difference Between Disciples and Believers #10 Possessions, Position, and People #9 When the Invitees Make Excuses #8 Marriage of the Lamb #7 The Desire for Reward #6 The Truly Hungry Follow Jesus #5 Discipleship Requires a Transformation of Thinking #4 Honor in the Lowest Place #3 Discipleship Is an Offer #2 The Model and Order for a Disciple #1 A Disciple Can Make Disciples