Happy Jesus Day:
Are you able to carry your cross? First, we will have to lay our “ego strength” aside. Taking up our cross means picking up those weaknesses we often try to avoid in life. Taking up our cross means carrying around those places where we are vulnerable and maybe even exposed to embarrassment and shame. The implication is that even if obedience is painful and humiliating, we should be willing to endure it for Christ. We all know, “Take up your cross and follow Me” Jesus was giving us a word picture of the concept of ” death in self,” which originates in another saying of Jesus, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”(Luke 9:24-25). The idea is that nothing in this life is worth keeping if it means losing eternal life, not a job, not our family, a group of friends, or even our very identity. The call is tough, but the eternal reward is worth the temporary pain. We can never pay the unpayable debt of what Jesus did for us.