All scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.
KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 4:15-16
Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Obviously, Jesus wasn’t referring to a physical cross. And He didn’t mean we would have to live or die in the same way He did. Specifically, Jesus wanted us to know that we would have to face our own troubles. Though we are bound to experience crises, Christ assures us that our suffering will not be in vain. However, it is important for us to realize that the “daily cross” isn’t just any kind of trouble.
Whether we like it or not, life hits everyone with troubles. You don’t have to be a Christian to face persecution. Even if you’re an atheist, you could be rejected for your beliefs. Whether you love Christ or not, life can hit you with travails. Crises don’t affect people, based on their religious affiliations. So, we shouldn’t assume that every problem in our lives is a sign that we are carrying the cross that Jesus talked about. If your suffering is due to a foolish act, then it isn’t a cross. It is my prayer that you will not suffer for the wrong reasons.
Prayer/Confession: By the grace of God, I’ll not suffer for the wrong reasons. Amen.
REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Luke 9:23-27
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