Being a Christian is tough work. I know Jesus said his yoke is easy and his burden is light. I know he said that we should come to him and find rest. But then he tells us that once we get there we have a cross to take up and follow him. How do the two jive with each other? Crosses sound like a lot of work and taking it up certainly does not sound like rest. There is a real tension in our Christian walk between the blessings we are promised and the responsiblities that are placed on us. We are promised rest, joy, hope, peace, wholeness, and “all these things being added as well.” We also have talk in scripture about trials, persecutions, crosses, and dying to self.
How do you put these two sides on the same coin? What do you think is the hardest part about being a Christian? Dying to self? Mutual submission? Daily walking by the Spirit and in the light? What has helped you mature through the difficulties of your Christian walk?