BEARING THE CROSS
“…when Christ meets a person today it is always on the Calvary road—on the way to the cross” John Piper (ref#92, p94-95).
The question I should always ask is how do I view my afflictions? Do I consider ordinary afflictions of life, like everyone else in the world has, as my share of Christ’s Cross? Andrew Murray (ref#266, p79).
JESUS experienced afflictions walking the earth; do I have similar ones? What does “bearing the cross” really mean?
“…bearing the cross means likeness to Christ in the principles which animated Him in His path of obedience.
The entire surrender of all self-will,
the complete denial to the flesh of its every desire and pleasure,
the perfect separation from the world in all its ways of thinking and acting,
the losing and hating of one’s life,
the giving up of self and its interests for the sake of others—
this is the disposition which marks him who has taken up Christ’s Cross, who seeks to say, ‘I am crucified with Christ; I abide in Christ, the Crucified One.’” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p79).
“…when each is prepared to be known as the repentant sinner he is at the Cross of Jesus” Roy Hession (ref#97, p41-42). “…there is a great deal that has to be given up: the world, its pleasures, its favor, its good opinion. Your relationship to the world is to be the same as Jesus’ was. The world rejected Him and cast Him out, and you are to take up the position of your Lord, to whom you belong, and to follow with the rejected Christ. You have to give up everything. You have to give up all that is good in yourself and be humbled in the dust of death” Andrew Murray (ref#272, p59).
“…the only life that pleases God…is His [JESUS’] life—never our life…our self-centered life is the exact opposite of His…” Roy Hession (ref#97, p25).
“…we are not likely to be broken except at the Cross of Jesus. The willingness of Jesus to be broken for us is the all-compelling motive in our being broken too” Roy Hession (ref#97, p23).
“I must yield myself to Him [CHRIST] in an undivided surrender” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p77, brackets mine).