Take Up Your Cross

Posted: September 11, 2014 in Guest Post, TLCC
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Mark 10:21, 29-30 NKJV

21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

29-30 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.

As we carry along with our daily lives, it’s very easy to be preoccupied with the things of this world. We get so caught up with our deadlines, grades, work, and even our hobbies, that oftentimes we forget that this life is temporary. We forget that we should strive to become more like Christ which means we should take up our cross and follow Him.

And following Jesus entails sacrifice for us. It is never easy. Some people think that they would have lesser problems once they become Christians but that’s not true. There will always be persecution. We have our brothers and sisters in countries totally closed to Christianity who are suffering in the hands of anti-Christians. In other more “open-minded” countries, persecution comes in the form of bullying and making fun of our faith. We should be grateful that, in the Philippines, we can still worship freely and share the Gospel openly.

Taking up our cross can mean different things for each one of us. For me, during this time of my life, taking up my cross means serving God through my work by being kind and polite to applicants and my workmates to show them that Jesus is my source of joy even in the midst of trials and stress.

 This is a guest post from Marijim Dy. She serves as one of the youth leaders in TLCC and works in the Human Resource department in a company in Cebu City.

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