The cross was a heavy wooden stake that was a significant and unsavoury sign of death in Jesus’ time. It may also be challenges facing the believer both physically and spiritually.
When you carry your cross, it may denote your going through unpleasant circumstances. These situations may include, but not limited to nursing an unhealthy child or spouse, going through very demanding health challenges. It could also be loss of job or reduced financial capability. Many kinds of situations face us in our day-to-day existence. In all our challenges, we most often require external help.
In our text for today, Jesus gives the first recorded invitation to mankind. He says in verse 28:” Come to Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” What the Lord is saying here is that He recognizes the fact that, at one time or the other, that a hard worker will experience fatigue or tiredness and needs rest. Figuratively put, the invitation is for the down-trodden, the oppressed, the weak, the poor, the barren, the jobless and all those experiencing some challenges beyond their human capability, to come to Him for solution to their problems.
Nobody in this world is completely free from one challenge or the other. One may be bigger than the other. Jesus is, therefore, asking all of us to come to Him for rest in this world of topsy-turvy. Even if you have no challenge, what of other people close to you like your friends, brothers and sisters? You need to intercede for them.
No matter the situation or circumstance or the challenge we find ourselves, Christ has the ability to intervene successfully. His invitation to us requires our trust in His power and compassion; He has said many times that His concern for us is for our well-being (John 10:10). So, let us believe that Jesus can carry that cross for us. Surrender your challenges to Him today, because He cares for those who come to Him and your lips will sing praises at last.
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
PRAYER: My times are in Your hand, O Lord, I surrender myself to You, take control of my life in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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