Monday, November 16, 2009
The Old Rugged Cross, my daily companion
I heard the hymn, The Old Rugged Cross, the other day and it got me thinking.
The lyric, "I will cling to the old rugged cross..." was stirring around in my head.
Take that line and mix it with Luke 9:23, "Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, 'If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.'"
I wonder if the cross we cling to should be the cross we choose to take up every day. Christ's cross was a once-and-for-all proposition. He said himself, "It is finished." But my daily dying to self, being that living sacrifice is all that I have to give. Is that what I will lay down and exchange someday for a crown?