Carrying The Cross

Step into the Light, originally uploaded by *saxon*.

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother,
his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—
yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple."
Luke 14:26-27

Harsh words. So often we avoid the difficult parts of the gospel, but there is no avoiding Jesus' stark words here. We can try and explain it away; "Oh...but Jesus doesn't really mean that, he is just talking in hyperbole." That may be so to a certain degree, but there is no escaping the fact that sometimes, or often, the Christian life is not fun. Jesus asks us to carry our crosses, whatever they may be. We may be asked to suffer persecution, to live away from our homes for the gospel, to bear a sickness with His grace, to lose face and forgive a relative for hurting us, to give up the hope of a relationship. The list is endless and peculiar to each person. As Christians we are tempted to skirt further round this and declare that this is wonderfully joyful, to suffer for Christ. But suffering is suffering. Jesus was not joyful in the garden of Gethsamane or when he cried out to God on the cross in the most unbearable agony. Our joy will come however. It is set before us in heaven and we do well to focus on it. Let's pray for grace to bear all for Him, and the eyes to see some light at the end of that tunnel.


Thanks for this post Mike, excellently put togehter I pray we all take heed to the message here and look forward to our price in the end

Sidharth said…
God never tells us to joy "because" sin or sickness. Jesus at the garden of Gethsemane saw the cup of sin...the sin of the entire world and His heart was filled with anguish.

Even today, the Spirit is hurt and grieves over sin and sickness. But for us who are suffering with these- our joy should be in Him. Why? Because He is the solution. God certainly wants us to rejoice IN suffering, though not FOR the suffering. He is our joy all the time. =)