Thursday, July 07, 2022

Beach: always a cross

Thursday, July 7, 2022
    [Jesus:] “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
    —Mark 8:35 (NIV)
    The symbol of the New Testament and the Christian Church is a cross, which stands for a love faithful despite physical agony and rejection by the world. No amount of air-conditioning and pew-cushioning in the suburban church can cover over the hard truth that the Christian life... is a narrow way of suffering; that discipleship is costly: that, for the faithful, there is always a cross to be carried. No one can understand Christianity to its depths who comes to it to enjoy it as a pleasant weekend diversion.
    ... W. Waldo Beach (1916-2000), The Christian Life, Richmond, Va.: CLC Press, 1966 (see the book)
    See also Mark 8:34-35; Matt. 7:13-14; 19:20-21; Luke 13:24; John 10:9; Gal. 5:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me to endure the test.
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