Sharing the Cross

Michael Beck

“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.” (Matthew 16:24)

There are many believers in Christ throughout the world; but He has few followers. Many appreciate His cross, but despise their own.

To carry a cross one must first take it up. Such though goes against the grain of human nature. Man is more apt to take of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil than to touch the cross. The cross signifiies humiliation, pain, loss. Who in their right mind wants to embrace those things? The cross will always be foolishness to the natural man. To the Greek it is folly; to the Hebrew it is a stumblingblock. (1 Cor. 1:23) What though is it to those who are called to faith? The power and wisdom of God. (1 Cor. 1:24)

Christ knew a cross awaited Him. But He also knew a cross awaited all who would follow Him. Even as He took up His cross, we must take up ours. For the joy set before us we must despise its shame and accept its pain. (Heb. 12:2) Our cross cannot be folly to us; it cannot be a stumblingblock. We must see that it also contains the wisdom and power of God.

We are not above our Master. It is enough that we should be as He is. May He not be ashamed to call us His brethren.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.