Study Materials


Take Up Your Cross

Take up your Cross

    Teenagers have been criticized for being too weak. No cross. No willingness to sacrifice. The old rugged virtues of honesty, hard work, truth, struggle—these are missing.
    But it was youth who went forth during both Word War I and II to die for country and freedom. When I think of the millions of casualties, I cannot accept the critic’s cry that the youth of the world are weak.
    But sometimes we may be strong in sacrifice on the big things, and fall down on the little things. Like the fellow who wrote to his girlfriend, “I’d go through fire, I’d suffer beyond measure, I’d brave the greatest dangers—all for you.” Then he adds, “I’ll see you Saturday night, if it doesn’t rain.”
    How much do you practice in the little things? Do you ever stay at home to baby sit to let mom and dad go out, even though you want very badly to go out yourself?
    Do you ever stay home to mow the lawn, even though you would much rather be playing baseball with the gang?
    Do you ever help your mom to wash the windows, even though you would much rather be sitting on the sofa with your best girl fried chatting about stuff?
    Do you take the hard road of study instead of the easy road of watching television?
    You know, Jesus once told His disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)