Steve Hill / 12 FEB 2015 –
And when they led Him away, they laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus. – Luke 23:26, NASB
What an honorable position was that of Simon, the Cyrenian, to be a cross-bearer to Jesus Christ! We could almost weep that we were not there that we might have had the honor of carrying Christ’s cross for Him. But we need not weep, for we shall have His cross to carry if we are His people. There are no crown-wearers in Heaven who were not cross-bearers here below. There shall be none among the throng of the glorified who had not their cross on earth. Have you a cross, believer? Shoulder it manfully! Up with it! Go along your journey with unshrinking footsteps and a rejoicing heart, knowing that since it is Christ’s cross it must be an honor to carry it; and that while you are bearing it you are in blessed company, for you are following Him.
Simon stopped everything to carry the Cross. Be willing, today, to shoulder whatever burden the Lord places on you.
~ Genesis 16; Matthew 15; Nehemiah 5; Acts 15
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