How do you see “the cross”? Whenever we see this phrase we cannot escape thinking about how Jesus carried his cross. It was very public. He stumbled under the weight of it. He fell, he needed help and Simon came to his rescue. He was nailed to it and hung there until he died. One can describe it in the most horrible fashion and cringe at the thought of carrying such a load. And Jesus did this willingly for all the sins of humanity.
Do we see ourselves carrying “the cross”? Do we even want to compare the burden of our Christian discipleship with that of Jesus? I think not. Whenever I think of my discipleship, I think of how easy it is by comparison. There is no danger here. There is no burden here. There is only the joy of service for the Saviour who has done so much for me.
Compared to Jesus’ example, my discipleship is woefully inadequate. I can only ask for the help of my Saviour and pray that he love me despite my weakness and is willing to help me carry the load, however light it is by comparison. Furthermore, I know he comes to my aid over and over again as I stumble along my road.
Jesus, you see my discipleship. Help me carry my cross. Amen. — VH