The Life Giving Cross

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” (2 Corinthians 4:12)

The cross eradicates selfishness. One who takes up their cross lays down their life for another. When we fail to consider the concerns and feelings of another because we are too focused on ourselves we are ignorant of the cross.

The cross is foolishness to the natural man. Denying ourselves is not a natural delight. By nature, we are each the center of our own world. Only by being born again do we receive a new nature, the very nature of Christ, so that we can learn a new way of living.

Jesus did not have a “me-first” attitude. He left heaven with us in mind. He lived and died for us. The former spirit we walked in was after the god of this world. Lucifer is pure selfishness. Jesus is the epitome of selflessness. His sacrifice on the cross was the ultimate display of this selflessness. Our sin was taken away on Calvary; but our selfishness was also condemned and crucified.

When we were dead in our sins and trespasses we lived for ourselves. Our religion was “ME-ism.” Now we have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life. Our self-centered old man has been crucified with Christ. We have put on the new man who has been made after the image of our God, who took upon Himself human flesh in order to lay it down for our sakes.

May we no longer be conformed to the selfish way in which we once walked. There is a cross before us if we can see it. There is someone around us to be esteemed better than ourselves. Leave your world, enter theirs. Death must work in you, if life is to work in them.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.