Black History is American History
Take Up Your Cross
Taking up Your Cross-Part 2
So, what does it mean to take up our cross?
As I meditated about this and how it pertains to Black History Month, my dad’s words came back to me: “There are five important books, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and us, and most people will spend more time studying us than the other books.” He didn’t say that to scare me or to make me paranoid. He wanted me to understand that I had to serve God in spirit and in truth, in word and deed because someone out there needs to know the Lord. Someone out there with come to know Jesus through us.
So, what will they learn? Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned that taking up my cross isn’t easy because it means more than believing in Jesus Christ. Taking up my cross means more than being baptized. Taking up my cross means more than saving my seat at church and securing my place in heaven.
Taking up my cross means I’m going to love my neighbor as myself, not just the ones that look like me, but all of them daily. Taking up my cross means I’m going to love my brothers and sisters even when they don’t love me. Taking up my cross means grace and mercy is new every morning. I won’t hold yesterday against my brothers and sisters today. Taking up my cross means I don’t have to walk in your shoes to sympathize with you. Taking up my cross means I will bear your burdens and celebrate your accomplishments. Taking up my cross means there are times when I have to hold my piece to keep peace. Taking up my cross means there’s going to be some dark times, but I just have to follow the light. Jesus is the light of the world. I don’t have to align with my family and friends. If they don’t want to take up their cross, I’m going to pray for them but I won’t stop. I don’t have to align with society. If they don’t want to take up their cross, I’m going to pray for them but I won’t stop following my Lord and Savior. Just think about it. Then, go to the Father and pray about it.
#Soul Searching Black History Edition#