Simon of Cyrene, making his way to Jerusalem for the Passover Season, walked into the pages of history when he was seized by a Roman soldier and commanded to carry the cross under which their condemned prisoner was staggering. It was illegal to refuse! Shouldering the heavy, wooden crossbar and falling into step behind the prisoner, Simon would soon have realised that this was no criminal he was helping, but a Man of grace, gentleness, and extraordinary courage [Luke 23: 26-29]. How much impact did this helping hand have on the life of Simon? How did Yahshua feel, when someone else had to be involved with the cross which His Father had given Him to bear?
When we become disciples of Yahshua we each have a personal cross to carry. Yahshua said, “Whoever wants to follow me must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross every day…” [Luke 9:23] Obedience to the call of Yahweh is a delight to those of us who love Him, and we are often scarcely conscious of the ‘weight’ of the cross. One of the difficult things to bear, however, is the fact that our obedience affects those who are close to us. My parents followed the call on their lives, and that obedience impacted their family. My sisters and I lived with it, and our lives had to be adjusted to accommodate their ‘cross’; we chose to lay down our personal ambitions to become a ‘Simon’ in their calling. Our parents could have prevented that had they wanted to, lightened the burden, lessened the ‘load’ a little; but they didn’t, because to do so would have been to back down from complete obedience. It takes courage to accept help. Interestingly, Oswald Chambers states that if we obey Yahweh “He will look after those who have been pressed into the consequences of our obedience.”
It takes humility to walk in obedience, and allow others to pay a price that will, inevitably, be required of them. Our obedience to Him can upset plans, provoke resentment, cause pain. We could prevent this suffering, but should we? “We have simply to obey and leave all consequences to Him.” [Oswald Chambers]. Yahweh can take care of the details!
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