Lesson 1: Trial and Triumph
Carry Your Cross
Scripture: “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” Luke 14
Today’s Challenge: Pain Causes Pressure
Jesus carried the cross to deliver us from evil into the hands of God our Father. There are many accounts of the moment when Jesus carried the cross and all accounts note that it was with pain, but for a clear purpose. You may be experiencing a painful time in your life, and unfortunately, this may not be the last, so why should we carry on?
Understanding: Pressure Reveals Purpose
Well, it is easier to observe someone else carry a cross that inflicts short term pain (Jesus did for kingdom purpose) than it is to do it ourselves. When we have to carry our own cross, the pain can be discouraging; it challenges our faith and ability to see God’s plan. However, these are moments when we need to welcome the PRESENCE of God and find the Purpose of how God intends to deliver us — and more importantly, to send us out to witness to others. The pressure of someone’s hand may open an apple, but inside we will find SEEDS to SOW that transforms our lives and everyone who we encounter.
Whatever place of pain that you may be in for this moment, we encourage you to embrace your challenge to Carry Your Cross because the purpose is not pain; this painful place is your opportunity to meet with God, experience Him, walk with Him and plant the seeds that you find in the fertile ground of struggle which can feed souls for eternity. This fertile ground is the place where you go after God and are stirred to move from being a believer to a disciple.
Next Steps: Tell A friend – write us your story in God’s name
Find and talk to a friend about what you are experiencing and you may realize that you are not alone. In fact you might be surprised to notice a third person in the room: God the Father! He thoroughly enjoys the company of His children experiencing His presence.