The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/21/2000):

Lovers of the Cross
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is from the quill of Thomas Kempis, a 15th century
priest and devotional writer. The author deals with the issue of fair-weather
followers of Jesus.


OF THE SMALL NUMBER OF LOVERS OF THE CROSS OF JESUS

Jesus hath now many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of
His Cross.
He hath many that are desirous of consolation, but few of tribulation.
He finds many companions of His table, but few of His abstinence.
All desire to rejoice with Him, but few are willing to endure anything
for His sake.
Many follow Jesus to the breaking of bread, but few to the drinking of
the chalice of His Passion.
Many reverence His miracles, but few follow the ignominy of His Cross.
Many love Jesus as long as they meet with no adversity, many praise Him
and bless Him as long as they receive some consolations from Him.
But if Jesus hid Himself, and leave them for a little while, they either
murmur or fall into excessive dejection.

- Thomas Kempis (1379 - 1471), from IMITATIO CHRISTI (THE IMITATION OF
CHRIST), as collected in 2000 YEARS SINCE BETLEHEM: IMAGES OF CHRIST THROUGH
THE CENTURIES, compiled by Janice T. Grana, Upper Room Books, 1998.


For more biographical information on Thomas a Kempis, take a look at:
http://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/CEKEMPIS.TXT
http://elvis.rowan.edu/~kilroy/JEK/query.cgi?7+24


[Perhaps these weeks before Easter will be ones in which we can each think
about what it means to "take up the cross daily" and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23)]


Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina