"Brethren be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ." Philippians 3:17:18
IN JESUS TODAY!
"They love me! they love me not!" Friends we need to mark those that love Jesus and follow his example. We might have differences, but we also have things in common, one thing is that we are friends of the cross of Christ! Of coarse, the Cross of Christ is not merely a pendant that dangles from a chain. The Cross of Christ represents a way of suffering and a sacrifice of love! O, but I thought that they were Christian, because they went to church or because they had a fish decal on the bumper of their car! Hey! Let's consider who we are marking as friends of Christians, not all are true friends, in fact many will scatter in the latter days or when times are tough, times such as what the real Cross of Christ talks about, many will scatter at the first signs of suffering, citing that suffering is not of God. Well in this case, when suffering occurs, "They love me, they love me not!" should be the rule. Mark those that love you at ALL times! Actually many times even unbelievers behave better than some believers do when it comes to love and compassion, however, this doesn't make these unbelievers a friend of the Cross of Christ. What makes someone a friend of the Cross of Christ? We are a friend of his cross when we take up our cross of sacrifice and follow him.
As it is written, "Then said Jesus unto his Disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Mathew 16:24 Marking those which walk friendly to the Cross of Christ is marking those that deny themselves, and take up their cross, and follow Jesus! This is not just someone with a nice necklace with a cross on it, or someone with a fish decal on their car. A Christian is much more than this!