The Cruciform Life

Christ calls us to follow him in the way of the cross. He says, “Whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” and “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

The Christian life is a “cruciform” life, one shaped by the way of the cross. But its foundation is not our cross bearing, but the unique and saving cross work of Christ himself.

Paul teaches us that the hidden and secret wisdom of God involves the crucifixion of “the Lord of glory.” God’s wisdom is found in the plan of salvation that reaches its culmination in the cross work of Christ. When Paul calls Christ “the wisdom of God and the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:24), he is speaking of the cross and Christ crucified; he is speaking of the gospel. The secret and hidden wisdom of God, which is now revealed, is the crucifixion of Christ (1 Cor. 2:7).

After coming to Christ for salvation, we are to live the cruciform life; our lives should follow his pattern of loving self-sacrifice. Any wisdom that is not ultimately cross-oriented is not true wisdom. This is why Paul determined, when he came to Corinth so proud of its worldly wisdom, to only know “Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

This is not the wisdom of the world, but it is the wisdom of God. What might this mean for you in practical terms today? Is there someone that you should share the gospel with — even if it costs you something? Can you make a sacrifice for someone in need? Follow hard after Christ and live in the way of the cross.