Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stamped with the Cross

 “All the blessings of this life and of the life to come are delivered to us stamped with the cross of Calvary.” {Christ’s Object Lessons, 362}

Not a blessing does God give without an inscription of the cross, concealed or visible. And He often proves adversity to be my greatest blessing.

Hardship and suffering are not situations I particularly desire.
In fact, my human flesh naturally recoils at the thought of sorrow or pain.

I was not originally created to ever experience these consequences of sin. Yet since the fall, these are Christ’s chosen instruments to purge my character from the traces of evil.

I stop and desperately attempt to consider sin with an eternal mindset…

In the light of Calvary, is there anything in my life worth holding onto?
Is there anything too dear for me to relinquish?

I can think of nothing…

Then why do I shrink from the approaching sound of adversity's footsteps? Why do I not embrace the pain, the heartache, the sorrow with unconditional gratitude? They are but a gift of love from my Father, a blessing stamped with the cross…


  1. That's why with every test passed in His strength I've been asking God to turn up the heat. And He listens...
    I want... I want to come forth as gold.

  2. Oh Glis Gles... Thank you for sharing...

  3. Ah, let us not only learn to _accept_ the Lord's will, but to _embrace_ it. A "blessing stamped with the cross"...that is beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing, dear Glesni. I have been pondering thoughts along the same lines...

  4. Hebrews 11:24-26
    By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
    Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
    Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

    Pain and difficulty are amazing gits. . . .

    1. Yes, affliction, reproach, pain, difficulty… these are the rewards, the treasures…