A Heavy Call


Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)


The call of Christ can be heavy and painful. To follow Him means ceasing to follow anything else. In choosing Him, there is a degree of loss. But there is also so much to gain.

When Christ called His disciples, He called them from a world of security to a life of utter dependence on Him. That step – away from the family business, away from the government, out of the boat – was burdened with uncertainty. Yet it was also full of possibility and potential.

When Jesus calls us to follow Him, He’s not calling us to follow until we’re uncomfortable. He’s calling us to walk through the discomfort and uncertainty, taking hold of a bold and fearless trust. The call might be heavy, but His burden is light – not because it’s unimportant, but because He strengthens us for what He calls us to do. The cross we carry is one He already bore.


Lord, I trust you will give me the strength for the call on my life.

Your turn:

What is the cross God has called you to carry in order to follow Him? 


Phylicia Masonheimer

Phylicia has a passion for fighting for God’s truth, and she is not afraid to confront the tough topics in today’s culture. Her heart is to see women free of guilt and full of confidence through a deep knowledge of God’s restoring love. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Liberty University, where she met her husband, Josh, and is mother to one daughter, Adeline. She writes about the biblical approach to sexuality, singleness, and living a holy life on her personal blog, PhyliciaDelta.com.