In Leviticus 23:17-18, the loaves of bread that were baked for an offering had leaven in them, yet they were first fruits unto the Lord. God knows there is leaven in us, referring to the old sin nature, but He will still use us. All He asks is that we take up our cross daily.
Taking up my cross simply means that I accept what is mine. I receive God’s provision right now, realizing that I am dead and buried with Christ.
It is not just a theological concept to get familiar with; it is a fact of my life with Him. I died with Him (1 Cor – inthians 15:1-31), and I take up my Cross today. It’s a moment-by-moment walk with Him (Isaiah 27:3). The Truth has made me free (John 8:32), and the Son has made me free indeed (John 8:36). This is not only for my past but for today.