Carrying Our Cross

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What is the greatest thing we can do as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ?  The greatest thing we can do, is to share the love and compassion of Jesus Christ with them, in hopes that with those healing words and scriptures, they too, will come to know Him as their Lord and Savior.

Carrying Our Cross means that we are to be sharing our burdens and the healing that we have received through Christ in hopes that we can help someone who is going through a similar trial.  And my dear friends, my heart has been broken on this issue in my life.  I have been called (recently) to the ministry field of evangelism.  Now with that calling comes a great responsibility.  And while I don’t have a formal education, I do seek God’s hand and His pathway everyday, in hopes that I can be taught by the very one who has called me.  “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” ~ Psalm 32:8

Recently, I have come under some fire questioning my intentions and my motives in regards to the way I am trying to reach the hurting.  I am going to be very honest and transparent with you, while they hurt me, I believe God has turned what was meant for evil, into good.  As they have caused me to question this calling, they have caused me to search and find my true intentions, and I have cried out to God asking Him to search and try my intentions.  What I have determined in this trying time is what today’s blog is all about and that is: “we are all called to share the good news and we are all called to share our burdens with one another and we are all called to show the love and compassion of Jesus Christ with those who are hurting (and that is all of us), and we are all called to take our light which is Christ Jesus into this dark world.” What we are not called to do is leave our light on under a lamp shade, in hopes that someone will see it sitting on our end table.  In my study and prayer for this, I found this scripture in Romans, where I think Paul describes it perfectly.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. On the contrary:  “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;  if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12: 1-21

What happens when these questions arise, is we then begin to battle with ourselves in our minds.  That is exactly what Satan wants.  He wants to distract us and hender us anyway he can to keep us from doing the Will of the Father.  But my dear brothers and sisters, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, YOU ARE FREE FROM THE BONDAGE.  THE CHAINS HAVE BEEN BROKEN, BY THE DEATH OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS AND THE RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY.  THERE FOR, QUIT LISTENING TO THE LIES OF SATAN THAT SAY “I CAN’T BECAUSE”, INSTEAD YOU SHOULD SAY, ” I CAN BECAUSE OF MY LORD AND SAVIOR GIVES ME STRENGTH, AND WITH THAT STRENGTH, I CAN DO ALL THINGS.  Hear this from God and His Word:

“And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believe that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” ~ Mark 11:22-24

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” ~ 1 Peter 4:12-13

“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.” ~ James 1:22-24

Now I know some of you will disagree with this, but I want you to know that the very Word of God says this… It is not an option, it is a command.  That is what the Great Commission is all about.  Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28: 16-20

Challenge: My prayer and challenge for you is this, Carry Your Cross.  Allow God to use your past hurts and pains, to help those around you who are hurting.  The chains of bondage need to be broken.  There are so many people who are hurting all around us, both believers and non-believers.  Will you carry your cross to them today, so they can see the Light of Jesus and the hope and healing He and He alone can bring?


About Brad Clarke

The Christian journey takes us through many different areas in life. Our Walk with Jesus, is exactly that and is designed to encourage, inspire, and help any and all that read it.
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