No Crown Without A Cross





We must take our proper position here, as Joseph did. It cost him

something to take up his cross. I have no doubt they put him out of

the council and out of the synagogue. He lost his standing, and

perhaps his wealth: like other faithful followers of Christ, he

became, henceforth, a despised and unpopular man.



The blind man could not have done what Joseph did. Some men can do

what others cannot. God will hold us responsible for our own

influence. Let each of us do what we can. Even though the conduct of

our Lord's professed followers was anything but helpful to those

who, like Joseph, had but little courage to come out on the Lord's

side, he was not deterred from taking his stand.



Whatever it costs us, let us be true Christians, and take a firm

stand. It is like the dust in the balance in comparison to what God

has in store for us. We can afford to suffer with Him a little while

if we are going to reign with Him for ever. We can afford to take up

the cross and follow Him, to be despised and rejected by the world,

with such a bright prospect in view. If the glories of heaven are

real, it will be to His praise and to our advantage to share in His

rejection now.



May the Lord keep us from halting; and may we, when weighed in the

balance, not be found wanting! May God help every reader to do all

that the poor blind beggar did, and all that Joseph did!



Let us confess Him at all times and in all places. Let us show our

friends that we are out and out on His side. Every one has a circle

that he can influence, and God will hold us responsible for the

influence we possess. Joseph of Arimathea and the blind man had

circles in which their influence was powerful. I can influence

people that others cannot reach; and they, in their turn, can reach

a class that I could not touch. It is only for a little while that

we can confess Him and work for Him. It is only for a few months or

years; and then the eternal ages will roll on, and great will be our

reward in the crowning day that is coming. We shall then hear the

Master say to us:



"Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of

thy Lord."



God grant it may be so!





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