esus asks us to take up the cross - to take it up daily. What does this mean? Surely it is the quiet acceptance of disappointments, the willing performance of some hard task we'd prefer to avoid or some small duty which is distasteful to us. It is forgiveness to that one who has deeply wronged us and not apologized (the Lord tells us to forgive those who trespass, not only those who apologize!)
The cross is offered to us every day in some form, at times comparatively trivial, at other times real suffering, but it is always something which slashes straight across our human nature, for the cross was an instrument of torture. Paul knew far more about crosses than most of us will ever know. He said,
"..being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day."
1 Corinthians 4:13
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
~ Elisabeth Elliot
Today I'm linking up at the Weekend Wander.