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In the book, Dying to Live, author Clive Calver offers an unique example of what it means to take up our cross every day. Calver writes, “An old friend of mine once put it very simply. He confessed, ‘I want to die to myself, and I want to be crucified with Christ. But I know that as soon as I can I will want to compromise myself away from the cross. What I need is a Roman guard at the foot of my cross to ensure that I never come down.’ He is absolutely right. The cross does not have just a one-time impact on our lives. And remember, none of us can die to another person’s cross – each of us has to surrender to our own. Then we live our lives from that perspective, because each cross is personal, Jesus said that we must take up our cross daily to follow him (Luke 9:23). That is the secret to moving on in God. The Lord does not expect perfection, but he does celebrate progress”

--Dying To Live, The Paradox of the Crucified Life, Clive Calver, 2009, Authentic Publishing, pg 41. .

Luke 9:23-25 (HCSB) “Then He said to [them] all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. 25 What is a man benefited if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits himself?”

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