EMBRACING THE CROSS OF CHRIST
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Let us plant ourselves on the hill of Zion and invite the world to come over to us, but never under any circumstances will we go over to them.
The cross is the symbol of Christianity, and the cross speaks of death and separation, never of compromise.
No one ever compromised with a cross. The cross-separated between the dead and the living. The timid and the fearful will cry Extreme! and they will be right. The cross is the essence of all that is extreme and final. The message of Christ is a call across a gulf from death to life, from sin to righteousness and from Satan to God.
The first step for any Christian who is seeking spiritual power is to accept his unique position as a son of heaven temporarily detained on the earth, and to begin to live as becometh a saint. The sharp line of demarcation between him and the world will appear at once — and the world will never quite forgive him.
And the sons of earth will make him pay well for separation, but it is a price he will gladly pay for the privilege of walking in fruitfulness and power.
The cross of Christ marks an unbridgeable gulf between the believer and the world. Paul clearly understood that his embrace of the cross of Christ meant unmistakable severance from this world. Do we?
May my faith identification with You, O Christ, welcome Your life in me and my death to this world system. For Your glory!