J.R. Miller "The Shining Light" 1911
"He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me." Matthew
It is his cross, and not some other man's--that each one is to take up. It is the particular cross that God lays at our own feet, that we are to bear.
We are never to make crosses for ourselves--but we are always to accept those which are allotted to us by God.
Sometimes we think our lot is peculiarly hard, and we compare it with the lot of this or that other person, and wish we had his cross instead of our own. But we do not know what other people's crosses really are. If we did, we might not want to exchange. The cross that seems woven offlowers--if we put it on our shoulders, we might find filled with sharp thorns under the flowers! The cross of gold that seems so bright--we would find so heavy that it would crush us! The easiest cross for each one to bear, is his own!
"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." Luke