Have you ever heard skeptics say that the Christian faith is nothing more than a crutch—that the only reason people claim to trust Jesus is that they are weaklings who have to make up “religion” to get by?

Perhaps those skeptics haven’t heard about Paul. After trusting Christ, he was arrested, flogged, mocked, and shipwrecked (2 Cor. 11:16-29).

We as believers were not looking for a crutch. No, we have something deep and essential in our hearts. We have a personal relationship with God—a relationship born of faith in the work of Jesus on the cross. As a result, we became children of the King—eager to sacrifice everything for the privilege of proclaiming Him. We were not limping along looking for something to hold us up.

A crutch? Hardly. Faith in Christ is not about safety and caution. It’s about believing Jesus and trusting Him no matter what. It’s about taking up a daily cross (Luke 9:23) and living for the Savior. Because Jesus bore the cross for us, we willingly take it up for Him.

Jesus bore the cross for You and Me.