From Matthew 10:38-39: And whoever does not take up the cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for My sake will find it.”
World calls out
Run from burdens
Filled with doubt
Full of hate
Life’s heavy plow
Man shall fall
Each of us
Cross to bear
Pain, it reaches
Taking up cross
Embrace each one
Losing old ways
Find new life
Faith’s hope ablaze
From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Charles Swindoll: “Each of us has some area of pain and suffering in life. The world around us would have us run from that burden–to resent it, hate it. Instead, we should embrace it.”
Never support an experience which does not have God as its source, and faith in God as its result.
From Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Only the man who follows the command of Jesus single-mindedly and unresistingly lets his yoke rest upon Him, finds his burden easy, and under its gentle pressure receives the power to persevere in the right way.
From Philippians 3:13-14: “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have laid hold of it, but one thing I have laid hold of: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal, toward the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”
German-born Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident. Many of his writings express the role of Christianity in mankind’s daily lives. He paid the ultimate price for his activism against the Nazi regime during World War II.
From Matthew 11:28-29: “[Jesus says] Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.