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Take Up Your Cross Daily
In our day, the cross is very popular, even among non-Christians. It is worn on necklaces or in other ways as a charm or symbol of salvation. However, in the days of Jesus, even the thought of a cross was immediately repugnant and terrifying. It was the most dreadful and agonizing form of execution used by the Roman Empire. The phrase “take up your cross” referred to the Roman custom of requiring the condemned criminal to carry the cross on which he was to suffer and die.
“Taking up your cross” involves cheerful submission to the trials and afflictions that God allows in the course of following Him.