[the cross to bear]
If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.
~ Jesus in Matthew 10:38, NLT
One more thought from my youth pastor that he shared one night during our prayer meeting.
I typed it in my iPod notes back then, a few weeks ago… but haven’t had a chance to share it.
The idea was… is quite profound – at least for me.
Jesus did ask His followers to take up our crosses and follow Him.
However, He didn’t say, “Take up your crosses and die alongside with me.”
He only asked us to carry our crosses.
Simon of Cyrene was asked to carry a cross. It wasn’t his to carry, but he agreed – he took up that cross and followed Jesus… to see Him killed on that very cross a short time later.
We are asked to carry our crosses, but they won’t kill us – Jesus already died on those crosses.
What do you think about that? For me this was new way of thinking.
By the way, here’s a great wise cartoon on cross-carrying…