We just arrived home from church and I really wanted to share something that Pastor Tony said that just made so much sense to me.
In Mark 8:34 the Bible says, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Each person must take up their cross to follow Jesus but what size is your cross? It is very easy to whittle away at your cross with the compromises we make to better fit in the world. We make compromises in what we watch on tv- our cross gets a little whittled away. We make compromises on what we listen to- our cross gets a little whittled away. We make compromises on our language or our treatment of other people- our cross gets a little whittled away. We compromise on how much of God’s word we choose to believe and follow- our cross gets a little whittled away. You get the idea. There are many more compromises we make that we feel makes things a little easier, a little more accepted by others and maybe less for us to carry around. Some of us have crosses we struggle to carry, some of us have crosses that more easily sit on our shoulders and even some of us have crosses that will fit in our pockets. But, one day each of us will arrive at a chasm. A wide, bottomless chasm. That is the day our cross becomes our bridge. In order for us to follow Christ and to be with Our Father in Heaven our cross must get us across that chasm. Is your cross still big enough to do so or has the pressure and cares of this world whittled it away too much?
It was such a great message that I just had to share it. I hope you get as much out of it as I did!!