Taking Up My Cross

by The Rev. Edwin Chinery

Butterfly, a symbol of the Resurrection

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to we who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
— 1 Corinthians 1:18

The cross makes no practical sense.

Part of my purpose is to survive, which requires some mastery of time, space and matter. And yet, successful methods in the physical world don’t always apply when it comes to God’s purpose — to matters spiritual.

The cross symbolizes the outlandish reality that our all-powerful, all-loving God chose to submit to this world, which led to mistreatment beyond our ability to comprehend, led to death. God gave everything. I’m not equipped to understand, let alone enact this kind of giving.

OK. I’m not facing crucifixion, but what of other ways of suffering, other kinds of uneasiness?

In taking on the cross, Jesus passed through fear, pain, and even doubting in God’s presence.

To what extent am I able to live with doubt or discomfort? How about the discomfort that comes of service? How about tithing?

Is this my cross?

Do I not trust that God will take care of me if I volunteer or if I tithe? Or am I certain that God is powerful enough to be with me each step of the way, as I offer my time or move in stages toward giving 10% of my income?

Deeper trust in God. Not foolishness. Power.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36