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Showing posts with label Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

What Does It Mean To Take Up Your Cross?

We Christian have this idea of equating our cross with things like:friends who put knives in our back, parents who are just to strict, children who can't stay out of trouble or sick love ones. One author writes: “We think God passes out crosses like a warden handing shovels to a chain gang. No one wants one. Each one gets one…
  • [But] the cross means much more. It’s God’s tool of redemption…proof of His love. To take up the cross…is to take up Christ’s burden for…people. Did you here that world! "PEOPLE"” Jesus said, “The load I give you to carry is light” (Mt 11:30). So people mean "ALL PEOPLE"(Black,White, Gay,Straight,Saved, Unsaved ...) The cross we’re called to bear won’t break our back, it will awaken and develop in us areas of strength which are lying dormant or being used for less worthy purposes. When we recognize this we ’ll stop praying for a lighter cross and ask God for a stronger back. When Paul began praying this way, God said, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2Co 12:9 ).
  • I was reading were a badly burned infant was left to die in a field when an attorney John Bentley and his wife found him an nursed him back to health and adopted him. Today the Bentleys oversee an orphanage. Instead of walking away, they’re shouldering the cross for China’s children. Michael Landon, Jr. was nineteen when he accepted Christ and started impacting Hollywood by making redemptive films instead of the usual garbage. The son of an acting legend, Landon is uniquely qualified to carry the cross for the entertainment industry. There's one reason we want pick up our cross the cross calls for dying to self-interest and crucifying the desires of our flesh so that the life of Christ can be seen in us. Have you or I done that? I am a work in progress! So in other words our man made cross is not the same Cross that Christ speaks of .hmmm!