Bearing Your Cross

From Pastor Miguel...            translated from Spanish by Pam Bridgehouse

    And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. (Mark 8:34-35)

            March is the month during which the believing world remembers the suffering of Jesus Christ.  Some try to attend Church regularly.  Others avoid eating certain kinds of foods. Each kind of sacrifice is worthy of this occasion.

            Really following Jesus means denying self, taking up your cross, and following Him. This does not only apply to March, but to our whole life.  We live in a world full of evil where it is easy to do things that displease God. It is here that we are to deny ourselves, here we are to take up the cross, and here where we do as the Apostle Peter says: “It is better to obey God...” (Acts 5:29).

One might think that it is possible to live a Christian life without bearing the cross, like a tourist who doesn’t carry much in his luggage because his mission is to have a good time without much to upset him. Without carrying the cross of Christ we would be creating vain illusions about salvation.  But we cannot fool God.

The suffering of the cross is not what we are looking for. But the god of this age covers his ears when you and I speak the Word of God and try to live the difficult life.  Jesus Christ counseled us very well when He spoke these words: Matthew 5:11-12

    "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)

Prayer:  Sovereign Father, may our faith be stronger every day so that we might reflect your love and your glory in this world that needs it so.  Amen.