We can’t live our life any way we choose. When we decide to follow Jesus, we decide to choose His way. His way is not an easy road. It is the narrow road where few like to travel. But it is the road that leads to life.
Few find God’s way enticing. But to everyone who decided to stick to the way of God, their life is marked with hope and peace.
We have to remember that with or without Jesus, we have troubles in this world. But how aweful and terrible it is when we face troubles without Jesus. It is doubly agonizing to experience life’s trials and tests without the hand of God in our life.
Life is so much better when we live it for God and with God. It no longer becomes our own, therefore, we don’t do our own thing. We do God’s thing, God’s way.
“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.”– Galatians 2:20 (WEB)
We follow Jesus, we carry our cross. This is the truth that Jesus taught His disciples and which we also need to remember. We are to carry our cross when we follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
We aren’t worthy of Jesus, when we do not carry our own cross.
“He who doesn’t take his cross and follow after me isn’t worthy of me.”– Matthew 10:38 (WEB)
“He said to all, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”– Luke 9:23 (WEB)
Obedience to Jesus entails carrying our own cross. God does not take our cross away. Paul knew this well. Yet, He loved the Lord with passion. The disciples knew this well yet they loved Jesus unto death.
We may be disheartened to know that there are crosses we need to carry when we follow Jesus Christ. But God’s joy, peace, and hope are greater than any cross we bear. God’s eternal blessings for us are far greater than the cross we have in this life. Above all, whatever we carry on our own, we don’t truly carry by our own strength. God helps us, ministers to us, strengthens us, and blesses us.
Let’s carry our cross daily with our eyes focused on Jesus and our strength drawn only from Him. May joy and peace fill you today and always.