When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Mark 8:34 New King James Version
How many want to glorify Christ with service like being a missionary or going on short term missions yet refuse to accept ridicule at home Joseph- Anthony: Green
To take up your cross is to face shame, humiliation form family, friends and those around you. It was considered the worst type of death there was. You may face this on a daily basis or just for a while but it will come.
Instead of fighting back you need to depend upon Christ for the strength to continue on.
If you cannot handle the little persecution at home why do you think Christ will bless you with a bigger mission abroad?
Do not desire crosses unless you have borne well those laid upon you. It is an abuse to long after martyrdom whole unable to bear insult patiently. Frances de Sales.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Nissi (God goes out before you) for blessing me with walking in front of me during the times of trials and tribulation, sorrows and pain. Thank you that these times are a great blessing because they bond us together stronger than cement. I exalt You in the name of He who suffered the most painful death because of His Divine love for me Jesus Christ. Amen
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.