Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
( Matthew 16:24 )
Choice # 1 The Pocket Cross
This choice is for those who see the gospel as a personal comfort and a private commitment. These people consider themselves to be Christians, and they call on Jesus anytime that they feel like they need Him. They have no desire to share Christ with others, and if you ask them about their relationship with Christ they will quickly let you know that it is none of your business.
Choice # 2 The Cross Necklace
This choice is for those who see the gospel as a personal stance and a public statement. These people want others to know that they have made the decision to be a Christian. They take Jesus with them where ever they decide to go, but they are not interested in following Jesus where He leads. Their Christianity is a personal choice, and they are not concerned with anyone’s interpretation of the Bible. If you ask these people about their relationship with Jesus they will tell you why they decided to be a Christian, and leave it up to you to decide which of the many paths you want to take in life.
Choice # 3 The Cross of Christ
For these followers of Christ the gospel has changed their life, and they have taken up their cross. For them the cross is a sacrificial decision to deny their self, and the cross sets the direction for their lives. These people believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and they realize that Jesus is Lord not only for themselves, but that Jesus is the Lord of all. They seek to become more like Christ each day. They do not hide their faith, and they do not drag Jesus to wherever they decide to go. They love Jesus, and they love others enough to live out their faith so that others may see their good works and glorify their Father in Heaven.
Which choice most accurately reflects the way you carry your cross? Lord help us to be doers of your word and not hearers only.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
( Luke 14:27 )
The writer of this blog has no problem with pocket crosses or with cross necklaces, and these are only used for illustrative purposes.