Jesus Christ once said “if any one wants to serve me, let him pick up his cross and follow me”. This statement by our Lord simply means, one cannot just follow him, or say he is a Christian. There are challenges to meet before one can be qualified as a Christian. Even the disciples who were first addressed as Christians in Antioch proved their mettle that people marveled and finally concluded that these are indeed the followers of Christ (Christians) because they lived and behaved in a Christ-like manner. They did like their master.
To be a Christian calls for a serious decision that is why Christ used the word “if”. It is not a journey one embarks without adequate preparation, because a lot has to be met on the way. Christianity is characterized with suffering, pains, tribulation, trials and the rest. On the other hand Christ provided us with a way out by giving us the gift of virtues that will help us to overcome all these. The gifts of patience, Peace, Joy, Love, Gentleness, Long Suffering, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance help us to counter any trial and look up to Christ who have promised us.
Is it in any way to say that Christianity is a wicked religion which poses a lot of difficulty to its adherents? Never in any way! Rather it is a religion with high standard. Just as our Lord has his standard and cannot lower it for anybody so also to be a partner with Christ means that you have to meet up with his standard.
If one is digging for gold, one must dig deep because Gold is not found on the surface. Christianity is more than gold. The cross of Christianity is a golden cross because it has immeasurable benefit as you meet up with the standards. The benefit can be reaped here on earth and after here (Lk 10: 29-30). Just an nothing good comes easy, to get the wonderful reward which awaits any qualified Christian, we should buckle up and rise up to face any challenge which will rear up to rob us of the wonderful reward which no eyes has ever seen neither has it been conceived in the heart of man which God has prepared for his people. Every good Christian should be occupied with the betterment of now for the best of tomorrow.