FAITH OR “WORKS” or DOES OUR OBEDIENCE TO HIS COMMANDS SHOW OUR FAITH?

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Christ said to us “PICK UP YOUR CROSS, FOLLOW ME.” The modern Christian says “WHAT CROSS? CHRIST DID IT ALL FOR ME, I HAVE NO CROSS, ONLY TO BELIEVE IN HIS WORK FOR ME.”.  So what is the truth here? Are we to pick up OUR cross? Are we DIE A DEATH as Christ commanded? Are we to seek, ask, knock and strive for the truth? Are we to CONTINUE in His doctrine to be set free or not? What part of this is US, and what part is it of Him OR HIS “FINISHED WORK”.

Did not Christ say we are to COME TO HIM? Not just “believe” or have “faith” in Him but rather to come TO HIM AND HAVE UNION WITH HIM, TO BE ONE WITH HIM (John 17). How then is this done? Seems like Nicodemus did not know, for he asked Jesus what all of this…

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