“And whoever does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.” Matthew 10:38
I was reading this sentence again and again to gather my thoughts. Jesus knows that we, humans and sinners, will never be able to “take our cross” the same way that He did, when He died for us.
Even so Jesus asks us to do so.
For me, “the cross” is represented by the daily struggles, temptations and misfortunes that we encounter. We can only follow Jesus, if we put Him first in everything we do and look out for Him every day.
And when we struggle with our lives, find it difficult to bear and often see injustice everywhere, then we should think of Jesus, carrying His cross, being nailed to the cross, DYING on the cross – for us, for you and me and we’ll be able to see things from right prospective again, and find that our crosses are not that difficult to bear after all – our Lord has done the hard work for us.
We should want to put Him first every day, love Him and praise Him, and the weight of the crosses will be lifted from our shoulders.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for bearing our sins and our burdens, both on the cross and every day. Please let us remember this in our daily lives so that they may glorify You. Amen.