“… and anyone who does not take his own cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”
Have you identified your cross as YOUR CROSS? Jesus had His cross, and He KNEW it was His to bear, endure, and overcome. I have my cross, I have identified it, and I am doing my BEST to bear, endure, and overcome the journey. Other Christians have done, and do, the same!
What about you? Have you identified your cross and called it YOUR CROSS? Every cross-bearing has its end, but what are you doing between today and the unknown end-date of your cross-bearing?
Let’s examine what Jesus did NOT say in the above passage:
- He didn’t say, “Rebuke your cross!”
- He didn’t say, “Blame and curse the people who placed the cross before you!”
- He didn’t say, “Find your own way with your own cross!”
He DID say, “Take up [YOUR CROSS] and follow ME…”
Its YOUR cross, so pick it up, set it squarely on your shoulders, follow the footsteps of Jesus that have been pre-printed in the dirt by His Own faithful journey!
If I may be so bold, let me say this: Fall in love with YOUR CROSS! Not because it is loveable, but because of the incredible outcome at the END of your journey… your journey of carrying YOUR cross in HIS footsteps! For, without the bearing of YOUR CROSS (whatever that might be), there is a reward of earthly and heavenly benefits that will never be realized, for those rewards and outcomes are awaiting the person who arrives with their OWN CROSS having been successfully carried in the footsteps of Jesus.
I’ll see you on the path of Jesus. I’ll be one of the others on the trail carrying a uniquely-me cross… like you! Let’s do this, friend!!!
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and the Perfector of our faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him Who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Post-Script explanation of the photo used in this article:
When I was looking for a piece of artwork to insert into this article for illustrative purposes, I originally was combing through simple drawings of crosses, but then…
My eye was caught by the picture depicting Christ mid-journey with His Own cross. It is gruesome, bloody, agonizing, nightmarish…
Cross-bearing is not a comfortable nor a pretty looking journey. I used this GRAPHIC graphic to remind us that cross-bearing is serious business with eternal rewards, or eternal consequences for failure to carry OUR CROSS in the footsteps of Jesus.