The Old Rugged Cross
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.—Hebrews 12:2
It's the symbol of our faith. And it's not made for wearing; it was made for dying. It comes with painful suffering and public shame. And Jesus knew from the moment he was born into this world that death in this manner was his destiny. And Jesus invites all men to the same quest, a life of perpetual dying in order to find our eventual destiny—life with him who sits at the right hand of the throne of God. Embrace the cross today and its temporal suffering for eternal joy.
And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.—Matthew 10:38
DO THIS: Embrace the suffering of your cross, as Jesus did for you.
PRAY THIS: God, I am often irritated by my suffering, and therefore I miss the joy in the suffering. Help me to cling to the same cross that you bore with the same enthusiasm, and may I become a little more like you today.
HEAR THIS: Alan Jackson: The Old Rugged Cross