Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
Insight - Jesus called to the crowd. This was an invitation for anyone to join him on his mission. Think about it, he was saying I know you have seen the 12 men I call my disciples to this point, but now I am opening up the position of "Disciple" to everyone! Now the new job opening has some interesting requirements, three things really. First you have to stop living life according to your plans, second there may be hard work involved as you care for others, and third you have a new leader and his name is Jesus. Follow me, Jesus said.
Prayer - Jesus, I have always thought that it was religious and professional trained ministers that were supposed to do ministry. But I know now you are calling me to join you on your mission to heal the world! Help me to surrender my plans, to be willing to do the work of caring for others, and as I choose to follow you please give me the strength needed to keep my eyes on you when the stress and circumstances of life press in on me. Amen