It’s a gripping phrase; full of challenge, and hope, and possibilities.
Take up your cross, and follow Him.
It’s a thought that has inspired me for some time – yet I’ve really little idea why.
Cross: metaphor for hardship, misery, exclusion, pain, suffering.
Except Jesus says He has come that we might have LIFE – and have it more abundantly. Doesn’t that conflict a bit with our “cross” vision?
Cross: consequences – on this present earth anyhow – for joining the kingdom forces of God and living it’s realities now. Well, what about it; is not there a certain contentment that comes when we know we live and bask in His very Grace? Consequences be damned; the King of the Universe smiles upon me and I am at peace.
Or is the Cross something like a privilege; take it, hold it, cherish it. You merely follow in the footprints of He who bore HIS cross and ALSO considered it a kind of honor. A symbol of such love, and responsibility, (for us) and commitment, the likes of which could only come from the Father above.
Or is the Cross LIFE! immeasurable and full. Only the kind of life given by almighty God could look upon this human instrument of torture and humiliation – and transform it into such a demonstration of love and hope and TotalVictory!
Take up my LIFE! And live it in the full confidence that we will remain in the sweet embrace of the Father for eternity!!!
Take up your Cross…
What does that mean to you??
(PS – I have no idea how to translate this into UR terms; except maybe that the Cross WAS for the entire world – and Universe! And is clearly seen to unveil the TotalVictory of Christ…)