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When Minding Our Own Business Isn’t Enough

By Don Loftis | 07.11.18

It was fairly early on a Friday morning, as Simon was making his way toward Jerusalem.  He was minding his own business, likely headed for some special activity associated with the Passover Feast.  Maybe his mind was filled with memories of his distant African home in Cyrene (Libya) or worries about his two sons, Alexander and Rufus.

 

Whatever his thoughts were, he was just minding his own business, when his day and life were forever changed.  A soldier leading an execution party out of Jerusalem compelled him to carry the cross of a man named Jesus.  Luke’s account says they “seized” him, while Matthew and Mark state he was “pressed into service.”  Apparently Jesus was moving too slowly, and Simon’s assistance was needed.  Unknown at the time, Simon aided the Son of God; he lifted an oppressive  burden off of His shoulders.

 

Jesus never asked us to carry His cross, but He does ask us to bear ours.  One day Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24).  Sometimes, while minding our own business, our discipleship will require us to bear a cross of adversity, persecution, rejection, or sacrifice.

 

Jesus never asked us to carry His cross, but He has called us to help others bear their loads.  In Galatians 6:2 Paul challenged his readers, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”  Helping others almost always requires that we step out of our comfort zones.  There are lots of times that the blessing God has for us will only be discovered, if we accept the challenge to go the second mile.

 


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