TAKING UP THE CROSS DAILYBY J. R. MILLER JESUS said, "If any manwould come after me, lethim • • • take up his crossdaily and follow me.'*Many people misread thesewords. They suppose Je-sus refers to his own cross, telling us that if we would be his followers we must bear hiscross. That is true in a sense. The ChristianChurch is an army of cross-bearers. But themeaning here is, that every Christian has across of his own which he must take up andcarry loyally after his Master.There are crosses which we make for our-selves. A child could not understand what across in life is, and the father explained it inthis way. A cross is composed of two piecesof wood, one longer, one shorter. The short-er piece represents our will, and the longerGod's will. Lay the pieces side by side and no1183]cross is formed. But lay the shorter acrossthe longer, and there is a cross. Wheneverour will falls athwart God's will, we have across. We make a cross for ourselves when werefuse to take Grod's way, to accept his will,or when we chafe or fret at anything Godsends us. When, however, we quickly acceptwhat God gives, and yield in sweet acquies-cence to the divine will, we have no crosses tocarry.