Have we begun to “take up the cross” at all? Is there any wonder that we are following Him at such a distance? Is there any wonder that we have such little victory over the power of indwelling sin? There is a reason for that. Mediatorially, the Cross of Christ stands alone, but experimentally the cross is to be shared by all His disciples. Legally the cross of Calvary annulled and put away our guilt, the guilt of our sins; but, my friend, I am perfectly convinced that the only way of getting deliverance from the power of sin in our lives and obtaining mastery over the old man within us is by the cross becoming a part of the experience of our souls. It was at the cross sin was dealt with legally and judicially; it is only as the cross is “taken up” by the disciple that it becomes and experience – slaying the power and defilement of sin within us. And Christ says, “Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” O what need has each Christian…to get along with the Master and consecrate himself to His service!
A.W. Pink (Studies in the Scriptures)