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What is the Value of a Cross?
The jewelry store window had a sign that read: "Crosses for Sale, Half-Price." That sign set my mind to reeling with its implications.
In our nation it means very little to wear a cross around the neck, on fingers, in ears, attached to navels, and even to noses. For most people, the cross is just a meaningless piece of jewelry. When we see someone wearing a cross, we don’t presume they are making a faith statement. Perhaps a fashion statement, but certainly not a faith statement.
Contrast America’s seemingly thoughtless wearing of a cross with other nations, where today the cross can cost you your life. Christians are being executed in India, Libya, Egypt, Indonesia and in North Korea, to name only a few. Because we believe in the meaning of the cross, Christians today are the most persecuted religious group in the world. The cross is not cheap in other nations, and even in our beloved America, persecution of Christians is growing.
Jesus said, "If anyone wants to be my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross dally, and follow me." Jesus states clearly that a cross means suffering or sacrifice. Carrying a cross won’t get us to heaven. Salvation is a free gift from God, but His Son, Jesus paid for our salvation on a cruel cross.
And once you have received that free salvation, your gratitude will compel you to take up your cross daily, and follow Jesus.
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