Bearing Your Cross

โ€œ๐—œ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฒ, ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—บ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐— ๐—ฒ.โ€ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿต:๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ

When Paul followed Christ, he was beaten and tortured. Eventually, Paul gave his life, committed to the cause of Jesus. We may never have to face the level of persecution that Paul and other early Christians did. Yet the call of Jesus still stands: take up His cross and follow Him.

The phrase “a cross to bear” is usually interpreted as a burden we must carry. To some, it’s a thankless job, a strained relationship, or an illness. But it’s actually so much more than a symbol of suffering or difficulty. Jesus meant something far more profound.

So, what would it look like if we were to carry our cross today?

Jesus tells us that we need to completely abandon our own plans and desires and turn our lives over to Him every day. It means that ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ ๐™š๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™› ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ง๐™š๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฅ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข. In moments when we’re faced with a choice โ€“ choosing Jesus or the temporary comforts of this life โ€“ the choice we make must bring us closer to Him, speaking volumes of our love for Him. ๐™€๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™› ๐™›๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ๐™ฃ’๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™š๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก ๐™™๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ช๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข.

Jesus chose to suffer and die in our place, and He calls His disciples to do the same. Taking up your cross today means being ready for the hard road ahead and paying whatever the cost to honor Him above all.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป:
1. Would you still follow Jesus if it meant losing your job? Or your relationships? Or even, your life?

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ:
Teach me, gracious Lord and Saviour,
that with my cross thou sendest promised grace
so that I may bear it patiently,
that my cross is thy yoke which is easy,
and thy burden which is light.

– An excerpt from The Grace of the Cross, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotion

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son and the eternal sacrifice He made on my behalf at Calvary. Help me remember that You spared nothing โ€“ not even Jesus – to make a way for me to be with You forever. Help me live in the light of the gospel, dead to sin and raised to a new life with Christ. Amen.

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