Unpleasant situations are attacks from the devil that we should take our stand against.

A Google search of the phrase, ‘a cross to bear’, produced the following definition: “An unpleasant situation or responsibility that you must accept because you cannot change it“. Many Christians (and also non-Christians) use the phrase when talking about anything tough or problematic in their lives, “Well, it’s not easy serving the Lord, but we all have our crosses to bear“. The saying does indeed have biblical roots: In Mark 8:34 Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me“. However when Jesus said that we were to take up our cross, He was not saying that we should just put up with unpleasant situations or responsibilities that we are unable to change. When unpleasant situations arrive, we have the power in the Name of Jesus to speak to those situations and demand that they change. Unpleasant situations are attacks from the devil that we should take our stand against, they are not the crosses that we are called to bear.

Jesus did not want to go to the cross.

cross to bearJesus said in Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light“. God is not giving us a heavy cross to bear, He is giving us something that is easy and light. The cross that we are called to bear is not some unpleasant situation or circumstance – it is our calling. Jesus’ calling was tough, very tough. Just as the physical cross that He was made to carry was very heavy, His calling was an extremely heavy burden to bear. That was why He struggled so much that He sweat drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus did not want to go to the cross, He had seen people scourged, He had seen people crucified, and His flesh and His mind resisted. But Jesus put God’s will above what He wanted. That was Jesus’ calling, but it is not our calling. Just as the fact that the heaviness of the physical cross that Jesus had to carry, was an indicator of the heaviness of the burden of His calling; the lightness of the crosses that we often wear around our necks is  an indicator of the lightness of the burden of our calling. Jesus did not go to the cross to set an example of the suffering that God wants everyone to go through, Jesus went to the cross to suffer and die in our place.

Jesus did not promise that life would be tough and unpleasant.

Stop seeing God’s plan for your life as a heavy burden, which you do your best to ignore or avoid. Some people have the idea that if they really listen to what God wants them to do, He will send them off to some place, or into some situation that they’ll hate. Jesus did not promise that life would be tough and unpleasant, but worth it in the end. He promised us “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10, Good News Translation). Your cross is not something that you should seek to avoid, taking up your cross, fulfilling your calling, is where the blessings are. Jeremiah 29:11 in the New English Translation says, “For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope“. So embrace your cross, seek what God has called you to do and do it!

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