“Brothers, we do not ourselves aspire to be numbered with the warlike. The roll of battle does not contain our names, and we do not wish that it should. But there is a roll which is now being made up—a roll of heroes who do and dare for Christ, who go outside the camp and take up His reproach and, with confidence in God, earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints and venture all for Jesus Christ! And there will come a day when it will be infinitely more honorable to find one’s name in the lowest place in this list of Christ’s faithful disciples than to be numbered with princes and kings! Blessed is he who can this day cast in his lot with the Son of David and share His reproach, for the day shall come when the Master’s Glory shall be reflected upon all His followers!”
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
When my fiance read this she said, “It’s not always easy, but He never said it would be. He did promise to be with us in it though, and I’d rather be in the trenches with Jesus than in a palace without Him!” Amen, let’s not be afraid to take up our crosses and follow hard after the Lord!