And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. – Luke 9:23
Living out this passage is sometimes simply beyond us. Actually, the means to do this is always beyond us. We don’t have it in us to carry the cross daily.
Thankfully, for those of us that have experienced salvation, we do have Christ in our hearts. That makes it easier you see, because He’s already been there. He already carried the cross up the hill. And guess what? He had help too. Simeon had just showed up for the yearly sacrifice, but was ordered by the Romans to assist Jesus in carrying His cross.
One of the greatest lies of the enemy is his attempt to make you think you’re in this alone. You’re not. You never were. You never will be.
I will never leave you, nor forsake you. – Hebrews 13:5b
Some days the cross you carry will feel like grace. Some days it will feel like a 300 pound block of wood. Some days it will feel like freedom. Some days it will feel like an archaic torture device. No matter the feeling, just know that you never carry your cross alone.