23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
I do not know why but the thought of carrying our cross had been on my mind. Christ said we had to deny ourselves and take up our cross. To some that sounds like serving him is a burden and that we must deny our own needs. I promise you this is not what it meant. We carry our struggle with the flesh everyday. We have to deny the temptation that our flesh wants. It wants to live like they are no consequences in life, but we know there will be a day when we stand before God and answer for our sins. That is the self we must deny. We know that our spirit must overcome the flesh. Now the cross is not a burden. The cross we pick up is the love and sorrow we have for the lost. The struggle of fighting the flesh. The ridicule we go through for living clean. We can never give up no matter how hard life becomes. Think of it like this, when Christ carried the cross he was spit at, beaten, and mocked. He never quit. He kept going. He kept going out of love for the sinner. So don’t ever look at denying yourself and taking up your cross as a burden, instead look at it as following in the footsteps of our Saviour.
The Cross Is No Burden