Jun 8, 2018

Pick Up Your Cross?

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I was talking to my mom one time and she said something that made me wonder. She said, "There was that man that helped Jesus carry the cross." Ever since, I've been wondering about that guy and if at any point do we receive help, or give help in carrying our crosses? I understand it was physically strenuous to carry a cross but personally my cross has been emotionally strenuous and the walk has been never-ending. I'm not sure if my question makes sense.

 

Matthew 16:

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 

Jun 9, 2018

From a practical insight, the man who was compelled by the Romans to carry the Cross of Jesus, on His way to His crucifixion was Simon of Cyrene, an African. This we know through Church History; his sons became Stuart of the faith and leaders in the early Church.

 

The carrying of Jesus Cross, by Simon of Cyrene was the indication of the Romans desire to accomplish their work effectively. However, it doesn’t imply a stress or emotional overbearing from Christ.

 

His Cross is different from the believer’s Cross, of Matthew 16:24. Where we are told . . . “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

 

The difference between the Cross of Christ and the believer’s Cross.

The Cross of Christ was the platform wherewith Christ worked on our behalf that we may find rest in Him. Our Cross however, is not asceticism or endless laboring. Therefore, when we read the phrase “Pick up your Cross” let us read the entire verse rather than focusing on a certain part of the statement. The full statement of Matthew 16:24 is, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 

If this is understood correctly, the believer shouldn’t have an ongoing struggle in his or her life. There are things one must learn from the passage.

 

Before the phrase “take up his cross” is mentioned, we first see the phrase “come after me.” The pronoun “Me” is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, we ought to follow Him. However, many are eager to take up their Cross, without first making Christ their focus. So, the burden they bear is usually the failure of the self-made plans for their lives. Or the struggle with things they desire which are not the will of the Lord. Nevertheless, they continue to pursue. Which brings in the second importance of the verse, “deny of self.” We do not deny self for religious reason. Rather, if we let go of our will, Christ will take over through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is not about the individual anymore, “Thy will be done

 

Many know of Christ through head knowledge, but they do not follow Christ. To follow is to go behind, but in the same direction. One can only rightly follow another by making the one who is being followed the focus of their attention. Like Christ and the believer, we follow Him by keeping our eyes on Him. Thereby we embrace the adaptation of Him by conserving that which we behold from Him, in obedience and trust.

 

When a believer takes up his or her Cross, it is not a burden to bear. Christ already bore all the burdens. So then, taking up our Cross is the matter of depending on the flesh or trusting in God. In this, as Christ was crucified on the Cross. By faith our flesh is crucified. Thus, the apostle Paul said “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

One who is crucified illustratively speaking, doesn’t have a will. The will here is the flesh and the flesh is the personal desire of the individual, and their ability to do things. These things we let go of, by trusting in the Lord by faith.

 

Though we are still in this body of flesh, but the life which we now live in the flesh, we live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved us, and gave himself for us. So, it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This is picking up our Cross, a daily reminder. “Lord it is your will” let it be done in me.

 

If our Cross is heavy, let us ask ourselves the question. What Cross am I carrying; The Cross of a daily surrendering to Christ, or the cross of self-perception of what we desire for ourselves.

If our walk is never-ending, let us ask ourselves. Who am I walking after, Christ the Light of the world, or the fulfillment of my personal desires?

Or let this be our prayer, Lord, open my eyes that I may see you. May your will for my life be the only desire of my heart. Lead me and I will follow.

 

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Open the eyes to my heart Lord

In surrounding thy self. Thou art lifted up on high. In My knowledge and strength shall I hold you up above all the earth. Look not through thy human nature. For my Spirit is upon you. To guide you and lead you in all transparencies and truth. Saith the Lord.

 

I surrender O Lord. Through your nail scarred hands. You have the keys to my heart. Open the eyes to my heart my Lord my God.

Jun 12, 2018

I didn't like to read some of what you wrote, not because it was bad, wrong, or not well written but mostly because it calls out what may possibly be going on, whether I am aware of it or not. And being called out is not a good feeling but nonetheless, thank you for writing this, there's some self examination that needs to be done.

 

"If our Cross is heavy, let us ask ourselves the question. What Cross am I carrying; The Cross of a daily surrendering to Christ, or the cross of self-perception of what we desire for ourselves.

If our walk is never-ending, let us ask ourselves. Who am I walking after, Christ the Light of the world, or the fulfillment of my personal desires?"

Jun 12, 2018

@Pink

Good...

David said, create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalms 51:10

Not because he had an evil heart, but he knew what he had could be better. However, he first acknowledges a need for a change.

 

God bless you.

 

Jun 12, 2018

"David said, create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalms 51:10

 

Not because he had an evil heart, but he knew what he had could be better."

 

Amen 😊