Words from the Heart for Thursday March 15th, 2018
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
Mark 8:34 (NKJV)
Taking Up the Cross
The Lord is calling us to take our walk with Him very seriously. It may seem like a challenge for you today to deny yourself and follow Him. However, that decision is more than worth it. He will also give you grace to follow Him and put His way first in your life.
The Mount Royal Cross sits atop Mount Royal overlooking Montreal. Paul de Chomedey de Maissonneuve, the city’s founder, erected the first cross on Mount Royal in 1643. An illuminated cross was installed in 1924 and was given to the city in 1929. In 2004 Montreal began a two million dollar project to improve access to the site and install new park furniture. The steel cross is 31.4 meters tall, and its arms span 11 meters. It weighs 26 tons and is lit by 158 LED bulbs.
Everyone loves the blessings that come when Jesus takes up residence in our lives by faith. We enjoy the peace that He alone can supply and bask in His presence in our lives as our guilt and shame are removed. Early in Jesus’ ministry there were thousands of people attracted to Him, and the crowds following Him quickly grew as He traveled around the Galilee healing, providing, delivering and teaching. Then He began to teach them things like what we read in Mark 8:34: When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Many were not prepared to take up a cross. They wanted the privileges of being a follower of Jesus without the responsibility. It is so in our day as well. Far too many people who say they love the Lord walk away from Him when the challenging times come. And they will come – Jesus taught us that in this world we will have tribulation. These prove the reality of our faith.
These have been words from the heart.