Mark 8:34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
“Jesus has many who love His Kingdom in Heaven, but few who bear His cross (Luke 14:27). He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire suffering. He finds many to share His feast, but few His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him, but few are willing to suffer for His sake. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of bread, but few to the drinking of the cup of His passion. Many admire His miracles, but few follow Him in the humiliation of His cross. Many love Jesus as long as no hardship touches them. Many praise and bless Him, as long as they are receiving any comfort from Him.” -Thomas a Kempis (14th century Christian writer)
This cartoon* from a Rick Morgan article depicts this point well.
Questions for Personal Reflection: Are we similar to what Thomas a Kempis and Rick Morgan have illustrated? Do we long for Christ as long as it’s easy to follow His path? Easy Christianity just doesn’t work, though. Like the cartoon shows, if our cross is too short, we can’t get over the tough times in life. We will miss out on the celebration in heaven! Let us be willing to take up His cross, and through Christ we will see the victory.
*Take Up Your Cross by Rick Morgan