A device of torture, shame, and suffering, the image of the cross struck fear into the hearts of first century Jews. Against this backdrop, Jesus tells his disciples, “Pick up your cross and follow me.” And he doesn’t just say to pick it up once; he says we must do this daily if we want to be his disciples.

Are you embracing this call when faced with the sufferings, inconveniences, and annoyances of your life?  It’s not easy, but the paradox is that we will find joy by picking up our cross and following Christ, who took up his own cross for our sake.

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