Our Cross To Bear

“As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.” Galatians 6:12&13

The Cross of Christ is offensive to those who do not want to hear about their sinfulness. This world in which we now live celebrates individuality in an anything goes environment where tolerance exists for everything except Jesus Christ. Oh, there are those who verbally claim Christ and are accepted among the multitudes, but they never speak of sin, nor His shed Blood to atone for it. They only speak of the Love of God and how He accepts us just as we are, no change necessary, no repentance required nor expected because, after all, where nothing is sinful there is no need to atone for anything. They have neutered our Lord and the gospel of grace.

The Bible teaches differently. The Bible teaches us that everyone is sinful. Every last one of us.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Yet, here’s the thing: we are aware of this truth, whereas the world is not, spiritually anyway. So, the world likes to bring up the rules which they themselves do not follow in their hearts and minds because they like to see how we fail to follow them, too.

There is truth there. We will stumble. That’s a given. If we were perfect, we’d have been glorified already at conversion. Alas, we are left in this mortal coil to learn something more or do something more for the kingdom. …oh, to be like Enoch or Elijah, right? I digress. Remaining here on Earth before ultimately called home, we are to love one another as we love ourselves, in all which we do and say. In our attempts to fulfill that command, we will fail.

Beware, my friends. Those are the times of persecution. The world is chomping at the bit to trample us down when we fall before them. They will trample upon us. It’s also a given. It is the nature of man to self righteously point out the mistakes of others and this glorify self.

Take heart, though. Christ died to take away all sin. He died to free us from the burden of sin same as the resulted penalty from sin. So, when we trip in our walk, it’s the getting back up that matters. God does not quit, not ever. Therefore, neither should we quit.

Continue to love on your neighbor. That sinner God has placed in your path, who is observing you, is not so much unlike the one you once were… Marcus. Yes, I’m preaching to myself, too, because this is a good Word, folks.

Perfection was never an option while left here. The desire to become like the only One Who ever attained perfection? That is what matters. God gave us that desire and He is working within us to make that transformation every day and it all starts in our mind. He will make us more like Jesus everyday if we continue to trust Him to do so.

So, do not worry when you fall, because you will. You’re not Jesus and neither am I. Remember, God works all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. Just keep trusting that He’a got this. He will straighten our paths and make things right. He is the God of all creation. Creating is what He does. He is creating a new man (or woman) within you every day, just as He is doing in me. So, when the world points out the mistakes made and ridicules and judges based on what little they know or understand, keep pointing them to Christ. Everything else, God’s got it. He’ll work it out.

Rest in Him.
Walk in the Spirit.
Stand in faith.

The accusations mean nothing. Jesus was hated then and He is still hated now. So be it if they hate on us, too. We know the Truth and perhaps, when they finally look past the mistakes we make, they will see the Lord working them out as we just continue to believe and trust in Him. Maybe, by the grace of God, they will come to know Him as we once came. Not by force, but by the enticement of the Spirit we saw in another before us. Someone was ridiculed by us before we believed. Who are we to think we would never be ridiculed because we now believe in Jesus Christ and Him crucified?

SDG

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