Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9 Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him.
10 For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].
11 Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6. 8 -- 11
When you saw the title for today's devotion , I imagine that you thought it was about Jesus . If so you're half right . The cross is always about Jesus , but believers are also destined for sacrifice and death.
" Death to self" happens at the moment of salvation , when we are crucified with Christ. ( Romans 6.6
We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.)
The old self dies and we are given a new nature ------ then we can experience freedom because Jesus has triumphed over sin. But in order to live as God intends , we must be willing to give Christ the centermost position in our lives. As a result , the Lord calls us to the cross on a daily basis to lay down our purpose to serve and follow him,
Don't misunderstand what it means to be destined for the cross , God isn't going to take away everything and leave us as lonely paupers. Putting our valuables on the cross ------- whether they are possessions , people or dreams ---- frees us from the attachments of this world.
When we lay down worldly attachechments our self esteem isn't tried to stuff and our sense of acceptance doesn't come from people. We are complete in the Lord or as Paul said : we are alive to God in Christ Jesus . ( Romans 6.11 ) Enjoying new life in Christ is worth a daily trip to the cross