“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
I am taking this wonderful bible study and we talked about taking up your cross…
Taking up your cross and following Jesus isn’t easy and sometimes it hurts. The small cross I wear around my neck reminds me of the bigger cross that Jesus had to carry and eventually died on. So what does it mean to take up your cross and follow Jesus? Jesus carried his cross, he bore the pain, he suffered, he died, and then…. there was a new beginning. A resurrection!
You may stumble and fall, that cross is heavy.
You may be afraid of the road ahead – those twists and turns will make you crazy.
You have heartache and fear, especially when everything seems to be going wrong.
Following Jesus at times will result in us having a rough ride. We will be questioned by those who do not hold the same values as us. We will be tempted to compromise the standards of behaviour we know we should live to.
The best thing is knowing that no matter where we have been, no matter what we are going through, there is always a way to a new beginning. I believe that the purpose of the cross is to remove all the hurt, all the heartache, all the suffering and bring us into that resurrected life.
Whatever your cross, whatever you are suffering through, know that there is sunshine after the rain. Nothing ever stays the same.
Everyday brings with it new challenges and new blessings. And when we learn to “take up our cross daily” we will be delivered from the annoying little frustrations of life and we will be able to discover the blessings that the Lord is bringing daily into our lives.
The cross does bring death, but it also brings resurrection, and there is joy on the other side of that cross!