Joshua 3;1-4:24; Luke 14:7-35; Psalm 80:1-19; Proverbs 12:27-28
Wilber Wilberforce. Dietrich Bohnoeffer. Corrie Ten Boom.
One suffered great physical distress while pressing for the end of the slave trade in Britain. One lost his life for trying to stop the evil destroying Germany. One endured endless hardships and loss at the hands of the Nazis in a concentration camp because she and her family protected Jewish families.
All were followers of Christ.
All knew their lives were nothing without Him, so they endured the scoffing and persecution of men rather than go against their faith in the Savior. They counted the cost and carried their cross.
Jesus says, “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27
Today, all around the world are men, women and children who would rather suffer for Christ rather than renounce His name. (See some of their stories on The Voice of the Martyrs at persecution.com.)
Am I willing to give up all for Him? Jesus desires our hearts to be ready to do just that–to carry our cross. He will grant us the grace to do so.
He who carried his own cross will be beside us when we carry ours.
Lord God, may we be faithful cross bearers for you–no matter what suffering and challenges we face may we continue to speak Christ’s name and bear witness to Him. May we serve you gladly no matter what the cost. May we remember Christ’s willingness to be our sin-bearer on the cross–how he was crushed for our iniquities–how he humbly served our death sentence. We give you all the glory, honor and praise this day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“In the way of righteousness there is life;
along that path is immortality.” Proverbs 12:28