Accept Your Cross and Come
My dear ladies,
I’ve been working through the 12 steps and I have found it very helpful to have an accompanying bible quote for each step that I work through.
In the third step (made a decision to turn our will and life over to the care of God), I was presented with the following bible verse: And he said to them all “if you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, take up your cross everyday and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
I broke this down, reflecting on each word in the verse and what spoke most me most is the order of Christ’s instructions: focus on me, accept your cross and come.
What comes first in this verse is forgetting myself. While I take care of myself – body and soul – I do what it takes to focus my mind on Christ and His ultimate purpose for me here on earth – to meet Him in heaven. I delve into the things that bring me closer to Him and remove the things that don’t.
I look at reality for what it is and take up my cross. I don’t avoid the hardships, I don’t deny what is wrong or evil, nor do I allow the burdens to crush me. I acknowledge things for what they are, I acknowledge what I feel and I trust that God will lead me through everything, in ways I could never imagine.
(This by no means suggests that we stay in situations that are destructive for us. Abuse of any kind is never okay. Please seek help if this pertain to you.)
When my gaze is fixed on Christ and I chose to trust that He alone will fulfill me, then I am able to follow Him wholeheartedly. Then He able to work the greatest of wonders.
There are a lot of things that go into forgetting myself, taking up my cross, and following Christand so this is a neverending process, something that we will be working on for the rest of our lives.
We won’t ever attain perfection in any of these things... at times we will walk a good rhythm, at other times we will stumble, sometimes we will be running with Christ, and still at other times we will find ourselves stagnant, completely lost, or feel 10 steps behind, but we keep trying. Even when we don’t feel like it, we do the next best thing.
I have a choice everyday, and you have a choice everyday. I pray that you and I will chose Him everyday, in every moment, so that His grace can transform our lives.