Taking Up My Cross
During this Easter season, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the sacrifice that our Heavenly Father made for me when He sent Jesus to this Earth to be the payment for my sins. It’s led me to think about my own life and how I endeavor to serve the Lord. When I read the words of Christ Himself, it’s incredibly challenging to realize what it is exactly that He is seeking from me.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me’.”
– Matthew 16:24
I think a lot of us are angry, disappointed, and downright confused when we see any suffering in our lives. It leads us to question what we are doing wrong and how God could allow these things to happen to us. But suffering is a part of our journey with Christ. He never promised a pain-free road. He simply promised never to leave us on that road, and that is all the difference in the world.
What does it mean to you to take up your cross? In light of the upcoming Easter holiday, maybe a little reflection is due. What can we do to take up our cross today and everyday?