It reminded me of the call that I have to take up His cross and follow Him. Am I willing to do that? Leave my selfish ways behind and take up HIS cross and follow HIM?
Chances are that, as an American, I will never physically suffer as Jesus did for me. But am I willing to suffer in other ways?
Am I willing to suffer by bearing the cross when people say unkind things about me or others that I love by reacting the way Jesus did? Jesus said NOTHING when he was accused.
Am I willing to be ostracized by people ....intentionally or otherwise, as Jesus was?
Am I willing to love the way Jesus did? To love everyone?
Am I willing to go and be the hands and feet of God as Jesus was?
Am I willing to be like Jesus in countless other ways so that people see HIM in me?
Am I willing?
This morning, I'm struck by the heaviness of this day.
Not only because of what Jesus did for me, but by what that means I'm called to do in return. Yes, Jesus died on the cross as a gift for me. I never have and never will earn it. But that gift he gave demands a response. Am. I. willing?!!?
Are you willing?
Luke 9:23 (New Living Translation)
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.