cross-bearing, Cross-advancing.

March 19, 2011

Read this a couple nights ago in my Google Reader.  Copied it by hand into my personal journal after.  Two excerpts from Chris Castaldo’s article, “Bearing Our Cross: How Does It Advance the Gospel?”

The cross instills brokenness and humility.  Despite its heaviness and rough texture, we bear it by faith, patiently waiting for “the redemption of our bodies” (Rom. 8:23-25).  And just when you expect to drop dead beneath its weight, God provides empowering grace.

I ask this question: How does this trial present opportunity for me to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ? Of course, every situation is full of such potential.  Our response to trials is what matters, seeing them not so much as hurdles which must be cleared but as catapults that propel the message of Christ forward. Suffering is cross-bearing when it serves the cross, when our strength is diminished and God’s power is made perfect. This is how the world sees the reality of Christ.

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