So I had a revelation today when this verse was explained to me.No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.
I understood carrying my own cross and following Jesus but I never ever did it willingly.
How much of my life has been an unwilling sacrifice?
How much of what I do whether work or exercise or house duties or responsibilities I do unwillingly?
I'm honestly a bit unsettled from this revelation.