The Cross is heavy, the reward is great!
The challenge we face as Christians each and everyday differs as does our personalities. The life we should live as Christ-minded individuals is different then the life most of us live. We are critiqued as being Holy rollers, judgemental, intolerant and divisive by the world and sometimes succumb to the pressure of living a Christ-minded life. The reality is as Christ-minded individuals we should focus on the Life of Christ sometimes more than the Love of Christ, even tho the Love of Christ is what put Him on the cross for each and every one of us. Jesus became a mortal sinless man and lived His life among us for 33 years to show us that we could overcome sin through his love, however, we would suffer the same trials and tribulations as He did, even the most difficult ones. He was an example to all of us that failing to carry our own cross during the journey will happen (stumble) and through discipline and fellowship we can overcome.
Jesus loved us so much that He himself failed in carrying His own cross, just as some of us have failed within our own lives to carry our own cross. If we review the following scriptures we can discern this truth, please review;
(Matthew 27:32) Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. (Mark 15:21) Now they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. (Luke 23:26) Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
Jesus was born of a virgin, thus born sinless because the seed of man was not within Him, and His whole life was lived as a man, through temptations, threats, attacks, and even failing to carry His own cross. He lived His life as a man, proving; even living a sinless life would lead to difficulties in carrying ones own cross.
The fact is Jesus knew that living as a born-again believer life would be full of trials and tribulations and failures in carrying our own cross. He knew there would be a time or times in our lives when the burden of carrying our own cross would become overwhelming and too much for us to handle alone. He stumbled and fell during His walk to Golgotha and needed help along the way to reach His destination, which of course was His crucifixion.
As believers there are times during our walk with Christ we stumble and fall, some completely away and some are caught along the fall by a friend, a fellow brother or sister in the Lord and lifted up to continue our journey. The Life Christ lived was a complete example of the Life we live as born-again believers, through it all He completed the journey just as we are instructed to finish the race, we all want to hear the words, well done my good and faithful servant.
Please do not let a stumble or fall keep you away from a relationship with Christ, surround yourself with like-minded believers and keep your eye on Him, understanding stumbling as Christ stumbled under the weight of the cross may occur along the way, it’s your testimony and His sacrifice that will see you through till the end. The next lesson we should discern from His example is; It’s okay to let someone carry your cross until your ready to pick it back up, in other words, ask people to pray for you during difficult times, share your struggles and trials with others and never ever walk away from carrying the cross, the reward is too great.
God Bless the repenter!!
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