The cross

Earlier today I was reading my Bible and I began to write a sermon.  In the Book of Matthew, and chapter 16, the Bible says, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”  I must have read that passage numerous times, but this time the Lord impressed upon my heart something I must admit, I’m not sure I ever thought a lot about.  If we are to be followers of Christ we are to take up “our cross” and follow Him.  Every one of us, young or old, rich or poor, educated or not, has a cross to bear.  Sometimes I think we expect life to be smooth sailing, or at least “smoother” sailing than what it is.  The fact is, whether we like it or not, or whether we want to think about or not, we all have our crosses.  For some it is health, others it may be finances.  Some have family problems, others seem to be on a life long trek to find happiness.  The Bible says the servant is not greater than his Lord (Jn. 13:16).  As Jesus was forced to carry a cross He wished He didn’t have to, we ought to bear up our crosses and gladly follow Him.  We each have our own distinctive crosses (burdens) to bear.  Just a thought.