Take Up the Cross

“Take up the cross–and follow Me.” Mark 10:21

You do not have the liberty of making of your own cross; although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making. You cannot choose your own cross; although self-will would gladly be your lord and master. Your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love–and you are to cheerfully accept it. You are to take up the cross as your chosen portion, and not to object to it. Jesus asks you to submit your shoulder to His easy yoke. Do not . . .
kick at it in petulance, or
trample on it in pride, or
fall under it in despair, or
run away from it in fear.
Take it up like a true follower of Jesus.

Jesus was a cross-bearer; He leads the way in the path of sorrow. Surely you can not desire a better guide! And if He carried a cross–what nobler burden would you desire?

The Way of the Cross is the way of safety–do not fear to tread its thorny paths.

….Take up your cross, and by the power of the Spirit–you will soon be so in love with it, that like Moses, you would not exchange the reproach of Christ for all the treasures of Egypt!

Remember that the cross will soon be followed by the crown. The thought of the coming weight of glory–will greatly lighten the present heaviness of trouble. May the Lord help you to bow your heart in submission to the divine will–that you may go forth to this day’s cross with the holy and submissive spirit which befits a follower of the Crucified.

~ Charles Spurgeon [adapted]

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