If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.—LUKE ix. 23.
There lies thy cross; beneath it meekly bow;
It fits thy stature now;
Who scornful pass it with averted eye,
‘Twill crush them by and by.
To take up the cross of Christ is no great action done once for all; it consists in the continual practice of small duties which are distasteful to us.
On one occasion an intimate friend of his was fretting somewhat at not being able to put a cross on the grave of a relation, because the rest of the family disliked it. “Don’t you see,” he said to her, “that by giving up your own way, you will be virtually putting a cross on the grave? You ‘ll have it in its effect. The one is but a stone cross, the other is a true spiritual cross.”
LIFE OF JAMES HINTON.
I would have you, one by one, ask yourselves, Wherein do I take up the cross daily?
Every morning, receive thine own special cross from the hands of thy heavenly Father.