One of the sayings I think many people use, and don't know what it means, is "It's my Cross to bear." Every time I hear it, I feel like Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride telling Fezini "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means." When Jesus says "Pick up your cross," He's not saying "Bear a burden, carry a load, this is your test!" He's saying "Die to yourself, surrender to God. Do this daily. AND follow me!" Paul breaks it down further in Romans 12: Live your life as a LIVING SACRIFICE. It means each and every part of our lives MUST be sacrificial, either to Christ, or to others. I have a problem doing this. I'll confess my sin to you right now! I have an issue being wrapped up in entertaining myself when Life gets busy. I can't "Be still" and know He is God very well. Part of me learning to pick up my cross is dying to my selfish desires. Well, perhaps that is really all of it, because at the end of myself, I MUST see Christ alone. Church, we need to be people of Sacrifice, sacrificing our time, treasures, talents, and even our very lives for the sake of the Kingdom. This earth is full of temporary pleasures. Eternity will outlast them all, and so, like Christ, we need to suffer in our temptations, and imitate Him, giving our lives sacrificially for the Kingdom and Glory of the Father! Hebrews 2
Warning Against Neglecting Salvation
1Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
The Founder of Salvation
“What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? 7You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,a 8putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.b That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,c 12saying,
“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
“I will put my trust in him.”
“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Footnotes: a 7 Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands b 11 Greek all are of one c 11 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated "brothers") may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 12