The cultural status of our Christianity

I am taking a bit of a break from my normal daily lectionary reading and going back to something I have enjoyed my adult life walking with Christ. It is to walk slowly through a book of the Bible and pray. I like walking through a book of the Bible and study, pray, think devotionally, theologically, etc. This is something that has bubbled up in my spirit lately, so I asked the Lord where to land and I find myself in 1 Corinthians.

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The continuous lessons of the cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:34-36, NIV)

I can remember a seminary professor saying, “You don’t need to go looking for a cross. One has been readily provided.”

Lord, too often my aversion to the cross steers me away from the glory of your resurrection. Keep me in the shadow of your cross and may its daily work have an ever deepening impact on my life. Amen.

The hard road of the cross is still beautiful

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

I can remember a professor New Testament in seminary saying these beautiful words: “When Jesus calls us to take up our cross, we don’t need to go looking for one. One has already been provided.”

Following Jesus is the ultimate risk and the ultimate joy. It is a calling that brings sacrifice… and reward. The hardest way is the most joyous way.

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