Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

Sometimes a picture, or in this case “pictures,” can paint a thousands words.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. – Mat 16:24)

How often we complain about the cross we bear but don’t realize it is preparing us for the dip in the road that God can see and we cannot.

Whatever your cross
Whatever your pain
There will always be sunshine after the rain

Perhaps you may stumble
Perhaps even fall
But God is always ready to answer your call

He knows every heartache
Sees every tear
A word from His lips, can calm every fear

Your sorrows may linger, throughout the night
But suddenly vanish, dawn’s early light

The Savior is waiting in Heaven above
To give you His grace, and send you His love


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Author: David Wallace

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  1. I love this story. We are tempted to drop the ball and lighten our load in carrying our cross. I have seen a vesion of this story with the addition of one more slide.
    A great hand (the Lord) is delivering a ‘new’ cross for us to bear. One that is big enough for us to get there. It is, at once a sign of forgiveness? but mostly that he has not forgotten us. We know this sign, it is Love.
    Thank you for this story, it is a great kindness.

  2. A cartoon that says a million words. A book couldn’t have said it better.

  3. This man’s efforts were not “ardent” at all, Chirp. Now, it is time for him to make a “leap of faith”. :)

  4. Anything cartoon or otherwise that can stimulate the mind to drawn on spiritual issues is ok by me. That could well be the topic of hours of conversation if we all were sitting around a table. ie) how compassionate would be the ones that went ahead. The what now of the little fella who couldn’t make a bridge. Why was he complaining in the first place when no one else was. Perhaps those that were carrying their crosses with out complaining should have administered some pastoral care and prayed rather than whined. If only asked God would have provided the little fella with all he needed to take up the cross and follow Jesus.

  5. There is a lesson to learn from the last pix. I hope the cross is long enough to bridge the gap. Though we have crosses burdensome but once we accept them from Christ with love, hope and trust, it will someday serve as a bridge to the gaps we meet on our journey through life. So, as we carry our crosses,though long, don’t let us cut them cos they may not be long enough to bridge the gaps we meet on the way

  6. This was unique and brought a clear picture of complaining. I like this and will share it with my sunday School Students – thanks

  7. Hi David!

    I’ve seen the flash version of this on a Korean site before sometime in early 07. It’s a beautiful clip played to a nice music.

    It certainly inspired myself to live a life not discounted off what Jesus and the works of the Cross (carrying the cross) had done for me.

    Thanks for sharing this. :)

    Daniel

  8. I guess I am too simplistic, but my take on this cartoon when I first saw it was not that the other side of the chasm was eternal life (but that’s the natural assumption I guess after reading other posts here). Rather, the chasm is one of yet many challenges we have in this early life, and had the character not trimmed off the weight of his cross earlier on, he would have been prepared to take on this larger challenge and move on. I questioned, oh how I questioned, why my wife of 27 years had to suffer a terrible illness and death relatively young. Why did I have to go through this with her as I cared for her. But I think that experience was readying me for further challenges I can already see in the here and now. In my view, the little guy would have to retrace his steps, go back, and bridge this problem in a different, more difficult way.

  9. If salvation is based upon our works then it would be terrifing “for all have sinned”, yet if our lak of commitment to making choices to follow Jesus,is depiced like the cartoon, then yes we will fall short every time. I believe that Jesus is stating if you want to follow me it is a no holds bar commitment all the way. Yet thank God that even when we fail in that, we have forgivess in His eternal sacrifice Jesus Christ.

  10. Thank you, Lord.

  11. It reminded me of all the times we’ve cut corners rather than waiting for God….a bit scary….but thank God for His grace and mercy.

  12. Wow, this is so encouraging.

    gbu.

  13. The fact that he had examples of others carrying their cross, should have been a testimony to him, that he to can carry his cross. We read In The Bible , that God is a way-maker and a provider and we’re not left out there on our own. He provides us with the strength to carry our own cross moment by monent.

  14. To be sure, bearing the cross we were given is definitely a must, but, I must protest this cartoon. The Lord makes a way for every soul who is ardent. Makes a way for every single person who needs solace. You forget, that each of those people who would cross that trench, would look back, and feel compassion, and that person would know that God’s Love is alive. They would come back for him. Perhaps you could show that?

    Timi

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