The path of the cross

I recently was selected to write a month of devotionals for “Forward Day by Day,” a print and online daily devotional published by The Episcopal Church for more than 500,000 readers. My entries will be published in January, 2020. This is the first of three samples I submitted to be submitted as a “Forward Day by Day” writer.

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Mark 8:31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.

When I worked in sales I learned to find clients’ pain. Offer an easy path from pain to pleasure, and the sale closes itself.

Jesus teaches us something altogether different. Christ does not offer us an easy way out. He offers us the Way of the Cross: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Jesus is teaching not only of His death and resurrection, but of how we are to live and rise with Him. When this world entices us with the easy path, we are instead to take up our cross. We’re called to die to selfishness and fear, and rise in glory with Christ. And that is a greater good than anything this world can sell us.

MOVING FORWARD: Look for the diverging paths in life, between the easy way of this world, and the harder — and far more glorious — path to the cross. Choose the latter, and walk with Christ.

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