Remember to bear your cross
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (Matthew 16:24-26)
If you go by the words of Jesus Christ, you will realize that he wants those who believe in him to carry their cross and follow him. The problem comes when people think of the cross as a fashion statement or a lucky charm. Such people don’t understand the message of the Cross of Christ. Some mistake this to be a badge of their faith to show others. The Lord knows the human heart very well and he can detect all hypocrisy right away. Hypocrisy cannot coexist with righteous self-denial. So then, one ought to not to waste time on making a show about his or her faith in Christ. Rather one must try to live their faith in Christ by doing what he said, which is to take up one’s cross and follow him.