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My Cross, My Comfort

Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:38)

When Jesus spoke these words, it was before he had mounted the hill of Golgotha. But these words only come into clear focus when we look at them through the Cross. Ask yourself -- what does it mean to take up my cross?

It means forgiving those who hurt me . . . even if they are never sorry for what they did.

It means committing myself to the will of God . . . no matter what the cost.

It means restoring fellowship . . . even with those who betrayed me.

It means loving others . . . and putting their needs above my own.

It means praying with faith . . . even when the day turns to night around me.

It would be easy to despair at such a challenge. Which of us could rise to such heights on our own? I couldn’t. I know that. But Jesus did not simply challenge us to take up our cross. He called us to it, having first taken it up himself, and having promised to shoulder the heaviest part of the burden himself. “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

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