Unlimited: Take Up Your Cross!
Sep 23, 2019 1323
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22)
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Our Lord did not deceive people when he said, “Come, follow me” (Luke 18:22). He did not say we will have a crown from the start, and no more worries.
I was the only traveller on a bus in New Zealand once. I stopped and chatted with the bus driver, and to just about everything I asked him he said, “No worries, mate … No worries, mate … No worries, mate.” What a lucky guy, I thought.
“No worries, mate!” In a sense, that was good gospel.
If you are in Christ, there will be all sorts of things that threaten worry. But our Lord says, “If you live one day at a time–even though you take up a cross, even though you hate the world, even though you have tribulation- if you are in me, you will have peace.”
Jesus does not disguise either half of the paradox. He does not tempt us by saying there will be no problems, “No worries, mate.” He says you will take my cross; every day you will die. We are to die to selfishness and our own wilfulness. But he says our cross will become a crown.
Jesus endured the cross that we might escape the cross. He simply asks us to follow him.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: What does it look in your life to “take up your cross”? Have you experienced life in Jesus where you can ultimately say, “No worries, mate!”? What keeps you from following Jesus?