We were born as sinners and it took time and practice to develop the sinful life of each individual. Since we have Christ as our Lord we have to discipline, to lay down that old manner of living and put on the second nature, which is Christ's. Take up your cross means then to carry an instrument to crucify "oneself" upon. This does not mean that you have to carry some heavy burden. Taking up your cross reflects bringing to death the flesh.
Ephesians 4:21-24...If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Colossians 3:5-7...Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
1Peter 4:2...That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Romans 6:6...Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Psalm 9:10...And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee; for Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.
1 Corinthians 9:27...But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
"Mold me, O Lord," must be our cry!
Make Him your Lord and Master, besides being your Savior. Being out of control is the best place to be, as long as you give Him the wheel. By allowing Him to take over you'll stay at a safe distance from sin and temptation, and all will be under control after all. When you are diminishing, He will become more visible in your life.
Luke 14:33...So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Once you learn to master this, the Lord can take over and give you strength to do what you naturally can't do. When you keep the "flesh" buried, He will rise up. This is the perfect position by which His name will be glorified and man will be drawn unto Him. A position in which you are a willing, useful and effective instrument in His Mighty hands.
Romans 8:5...For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Matthew 10:39... He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.