Carrying Our Own Cross

A post over at Being Catholic titled, St. Bridget Meditation Prayer & Reflection┬áreminded me of the Lord’s call to each Christian believer which can be found in Matthew 16:24; “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me.” This is a fairly popular verse, but not a lot of Christians actually know what it means. Although I am far from being an expert at the Bible, I would like to offer my thoughts on this matter.

So, what does it mean to “carry our cross”? I believe that there is no better way to find the right answer than by looking at the life of Jesus. When Jesus carried his cross, he bore it to Calvary, as commanded by his Father. Hence, “taking up our cross” refers to giving our whole life to God, as Jesus did–a total dedication of our life in service to anything that our Father in heaven says. Sure, the journey will be marred with trials, pain and tribulation; but a reward of eternal life and lasting happiness is waiting for all that endure.