One week ago today, we were focused on the death of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior on the cross. We were reminded of the painful torture and death he willingly experienced for us to take away our sin and bring us freedom from the bondage of sin. Has the memory of what He did for us on that date been burned on our hearts? Or have we quickly moved on and decided to just go on living as we were?
In Matthew 16:24 Jesus says; “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Are you taking up your cross daily? Or have you set it aside because it’s just too heavy? Are we even aware of just what our cross is?
Is our cross the temptations and worries of this world? Does it hold the things that we still unbelievably choose to love more than our God? Does it hold our daily fears of how we will provide financially for our families? Does our cross hold the times when we choose our earthly wisdom over the eternal wisdom of God?
These things can seem heavy and burdensome at times—even overwhelming. But Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden light. What I take from His Word is this: We can choose to take on the yoke of the world, with all its worries, temptation and sin—or we can take on the yoke of Jesus, casting all our cares on Him, knowing He will once again carry the day.
So which will we choose this day? The heavy yoke of this world with all its worries and fears? Or the yoke of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who takes away our sins and worries? Jesus said “Whoever wants to hold on to his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Seems we have a choice. To hold on to this life with its worries, fears and temptations; or choose to give it up and attain a peace that surpasses all human understanding. That choice sounds so ridiculously simple—we choose a life of worry or a life of peace and joy. Yet it seems almost every day we choose the life of worry. What does that say of our true faith in Jesus?
Together, let’s commit ourselves to once and for all walking away from this life of worry and fear. Together on the other side, we will rejoice in the life of peace and understanding that only God can give. Surrendering to God is the only way to achieve real victory. That contradicts everything we are taught as humans—surrender to attain victory. But that is what Jesus said: And if He said it, it has to be true.