This is what God gave me today in His word:
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
What Jesus means when He talks about taking up our “cross” is rather self-evident, in context.–it’s denying what we want that is wrong, and doing what Christ wants. Most people understand this, but not all that many understand what it means to do that today.
The cross made Jesus an outcast. He was spit on, taunted, and who knows what else people did to Him. This is, in essence, what Jesus is telling us to go through for His sake. He doesn’t want us to carry literal, physical “crosses” around, but rather to be willing to endure scorn for the sake of the cross. Perhaps you’ve noticed, but Christianity isn’t exactly all that popular; at least, people who actually act what they believe, aren’t the most popular people in the World. Thus, we can well expect to possibly be mocked for Christ.
But it’s not all bad. (For the record, not all Christians actually are social outcasts. However, Jesus does want us to be warned, and to be willing to be mocked for Him.) Whenever someone doesn’t decide to practice “toleration”, and begins throwing insults, Jesus gives us grace. Our High Priest isn’t an unsympathetic one; He’s gone through whatever we may endure, only multiplied by a hundred, He’s far more than capable of helping us. So let’s turn to Him with our troubles.
You are Loved!