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What Does It Mean To Take Up Your Cross?

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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 su…