I have often thought about a huge difference between a couple of verses. Mat. 16:24 says, (Jesus speaking) "If any man will come after me, let him first deny himself and then " take up his cross," and follow me." John 8:32 says, "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." I just gave one example of the word, "free," in the above context, but it appears the same in most of the New Testament and means total freedom. No encumberances, no bonds, no slavery to sin, nothing binding or holding us back. From Exagorazo to Apolutrosis we are free from anything that might enslave us or hold us down. But, Mat 16:24 seem to place a huge weight on us. Why? The answer might be in the Greek word for "take up." Airo. The word is a verb form and indeed does mean Take Up, but it also means to Put Away, Stow, Put Aside.........or in other words........Take up your cross or whatever is holding you back and Put It Away. There should be nothing at all between us and Jesus Christ. After all, Jesus left his cross, and came back from the dead. He never carried it again, and I doubt seriously if He truthfully wants us to loaded down with one either. As Christians, we are just In the world. Drop whatever the world has thrown at you and inhibiting you from being the best child of God you can be. Because......we are not OF the world any longer. Just something to think about.