21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. 28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Have you ever faced something that put you way out of your comfort zone?? We are tempted to think it couldn’t possibly be ‘God’s perfect plan’. It’s human to avoid discomfort, but Jesus calls us to have bigger picture thinking. Apparently it’s not all about me!! A life spent following Jesus is going to require sacrifice and personal discomfort at times.
So what does my cross look like? I am forever challenged by my need to face discomfort/ grief/ pain/disappointment in a way that honours Christ and the sacrifice he was prepared to make for me. We need to embrace our ‘cross’ and make the journey. I need to move past first world obsession with my own comfort and happiness, and accept that what God requires is far more important.
Father God give me the courage to face the challenges I struggle with. Help me to face life in your strength not my own. Lord I want to honour you in all I say and do. In Jesus Name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight