Recently our pastor at church spoke on “Cross Bearing”. An interesting topic for me at this point in my life. Jesus says Matthew 16 and in verse 24 “If anyone desires to come after Me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.”
His words that followed spoke to my heart and mind. He said, “even when you are abandoned and forgotten by friends and co-workers, follow Jesus.” It is tough to go through times of suffering where very few people talk with you but instead they talk about you. It is tough when your good is negativity spoken of and your life is turned upside down. But Jesus says, “take up your cross and follow Me.” If I desire to follow Jesus, I must deny myself, my feelings, my aspirations, and follow Jesus. It is in following that we learn that Jesus will never turn His back on us, never leave us or forsake us. He will always be there to listen and give us peace and comfort and guidance for the days ahead.
In my life from this point on it is “all about Jesus” and not about me. I wish to follow Him closely each day, and when I fail, I know that He is there to pick me up, dust me off, and put me back on the right path. In Psalm 147:11, “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His Mercy.” Amen.