Bear the “cross”

“And when he had called the people unto him, he said to them, ‘Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:34)

It has been said many times that our “cross” represents our infirmities and our circumstances. I’m sure you have heard someone say, “My cross to bear is my handicap, or my cross in life is my rebellious child, etc.,etc., but is this what Jesus means?

According to the Bible, to pick up one’s cross and follow Him is to experience persecution, rejection, and possible death for the sake of Christ. It involves dying to ourselves ( our hopes, our plans, our dreams), and living for Christ in all that we do. This will spur us on to good works– some of which are-feeding the hungry, visiting the sick and imprisoned, praying for the world, and esteeming the needs of others higher than ourselves. Living for Christ will  increase our burden for the lost, inflame our desire to serve, and reveal to us our true purpose in life–to glorify God.

The cross is the source of healing, deliverance, and miracles, bridging the gap between heaven and earth. At the cross is a guarantee of future glory and a reuniting of those who have died in Christ. (1 Thessalonians 4:14)

In a movie were the words, “When two roads are presented to you, choose the one most difficult to travel.” The cross is not easy, but blessings will follow. When we lose ourselves, we find Jesus…….(Judy Whittaker)


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