At the end of June, I went to a church camp in Eunice. At one point in the preacher’s seemingly unending props, he brought out several boxes and fashioned a cross out of them and on the boxes were written several different sins that were particular struggles for the age group to which he was preaching. In the midst of the emotionalism that was running rampant, was a light bulb that sparked to life between my ears.
The first devotion I ever delivered was from 1 Peter 5:6-11.
1 Peter 5:6–11 (ESV)
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
You see, the idea I was given comes from the seventh verse of this text. We are to cast our anxieties onto him because he cares for us. And what does that look like? I am convinced that it looks like us nailing one worry, one sin after another onto that cross as we have, ourselves, been crucified. Indeed, we are to take up our crosses daily.
Luke 9:23 (ESV)
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Let us, then, nail our anxieties to the cross, casting them on the crucified, buried, and risen Savior because he cares for us.