Bonhoeffer: each his own cross
Commemoration of Bartolomè de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566
[Jesus:] “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
—Luke 14:27 (NIV)
The cross is there, right from the beginning, he has only got to pick it up; there is no need for him to go out and look for a cross for himself, no need for him deliberately to run after suffering. Jesus says that every Christian has his own cross waiting for him, a cross destined and appointed by God. Each must endure his allotted share of suffering and rejection.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 89 (see the book)
See also Luke 14:27; Matt. 5:10-12; 10:37-39; 16:24-26; Mark 8:34-37; Luke 9:23-25; John 15:19-21; 16:33; 1 Thess. 3:4; 2 Tim. 3:12-13; 1 Pet. 2:20-21; Rev. 7:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, I can prevail only in Your strength.
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