This is one of my favorite songs. In the Hymnal I now have, the verse it choses to have before the song is Luke 9:23. I know there are more. Luke 14:27 is another. Matthew 10:38; Matthew 16:24,25; Mark 8:34,35. These are all of Jesus telling the crowd that if they want to be his disciple, they must take up their own crosses and follow him. They must die to themselves that they might truly live. I have taken up mine. I want to loose my life, that I might gain it. This is my song.

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
TEXT: Henry F. Lyre
MUSIC: Leavitt’s The Christian Lyre, 1831; attributed to Wolfgang A. Mozart; arranged by Hubert P. Main

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition! God and Heaven are still mine own.

Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them, untrue.
And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me, show Thy face and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure! Come, disaster, scorn and pain!
In Thy service, pain is pleasure; with Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee, “Abba, Father”; I have set my heart on Thee:
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather, all must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me, ’twill but drive me to Thy breast.
Life with trials hard may press me; heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me while Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me, were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation; rise o’er sin, and fear, and care;
Joy to find in every station something still to do or bear:
Think what Spirit dwells within thee; what a Father’s smile is thine;
What a Savior died to win thee, child of heaven, shouldst thou repine?

Haste then on from grace to glory, armed by faith, and winged by prayer,
Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee, God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission, swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope soon change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

You can hear find the lyrics and listen to it on the Cyber Hymnal.

If you haven’t taken up your cross, I plead with you, to take it up. Life is much better. You are living for a much better purpose, the Glory of Christ and the good of sinners.
Taking up your cross is dying to yourself, your sinful self, and letting Christ live through you; his righteousness live through you.
Take up your Cross and be like our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, “who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2). Remember He took up a cross for your sin, not his. Be Like Christ Jesus!