And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. – Luke 9:23
Believe it or not, there is a price to pay to reach the next level. Whether your goal is to start a business, ministry, finish school, get a certification or to become a better you, there is a great price tag that comes along with reaching the next level. As with any goal or commitment you have to consider all possibilities, you must consider the cost. One of the things we often learn is that discipline, commitment, dedication and consistency are deposits into our “accomplishments account.” In order to see the fruits of our labor, Women of Excellence, we must be willing to pay the price. Some may ask, “How much does it cost in order to get to the next level?” Well, that depends on what you want to accomplish.
Crown Jewels, if we want to experience a next level relationship with God and walk in our purpose we are going to have to give up a few personal things. When we decided to take this Christ life journey we decided to no longer live for ourselves. We made the commitment to live a life of Christ. Living such a life can become pretty expensive. Screenwriter, Sidney Howard remarked, “One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” This statement resounds true as it is important to know the price tag of an item before you purchase it. Many of us regard living a Christ centered life as just going to church on Sunday and checking the box, when in fact, living a life of Christ requires us to give up ourselves. The price we pay is invaluable! The word of God teaches us that we must deny ourselves and take up “His” cross daily, not “our” cross. Taking up His cross requires us to relinquish ourselves of our fleshly desires and ask Him to help us to make our heart seek His desires.
Often times as Christians, we sign-up for the “Christ life,” then decide the price is too high. When in fact, the cost is more than affordable however we are trying to pay with the wrong currency. We try to live our lives according to our plans and desires, when Jehovah gives clear instructions on how to pay. The cost is denying ourselves of trying to live the life we want versus the life God has for us. In order to do an exchange of currency we must first give up pretending to want what God wants for us and truly yield to carrying His cross daily. Women of Excellence, we must ask ourselves, what are we still carrying that belongs to us? When are we going to trade in “our” cross for “His?” You see, before you accept His offer, you might want to use the Taxi Cab Principle. Before you get into the cab, find out how much the ride is going to cost. If you don’t, the driver may take you places you never needed to go and you end up paying a price you could’ve otherwise avoided.