Get Dragged Into it!
“A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.”
– Mark 15:21
Many of us can attest to a time when we were dragged in a conversation, an argument, or a situation we never wanted or welcomed. The first thought that comes to our mind is, “How did I get dragged in this?” Then we spend most of our time trying to do damage control. It’s not fun or pretty!
A man from Cyrene found himself in a predicament 2,000 years ago that he never expected. It was the time of Passover, and Jews from all around the region gathered to celebrate. On this particular Passover, Simon travels from North Africa (in modern-day Libya) to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. He comes across a crowd screaming from both sides and soldiers pushing the man, Jesus, to walk to Golgotha (the place of the Skull). Because Jesus has been brutally flogged and beaten, He is unable to carry the wooden beam. The soldiers get impatient and look up to see Simon from Cyrene standing in the midst of the crowd trying to take in what he is witnessing. They point him out from the crowd and force him to carry Christ’s cross.
The Bible doesn’t tell us how Simon felt about being “voluntold” to carry Christ’s cross. I would venture to guess that he probably thought, “How did I get dragged in this?” We don’t know exactly what happened to Simon from Cyrene, but the Bible leaves a few clues for us. Mark 15:21 tells us that Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus. It seems that Alexander and Rufus were known by the disciples. A man named Rufus is also mentioned in Romans 16:13. It seems that Rufus’ mother (Simon’s wife) cared for Paul like he was one of her sons. We are not 100% sure that Rufus was Simon’s son, but if he was, then Simon became a follower of Christ. We are certain that people from Cyrene were present on the Day of Pentecost when 3,000 people were saved (Acts 2:10).
After being dragged into a mess a he didn’t make, Simon from Cyrene had a personal encounter and thus a personal relationship with Christ. He was used by God to not only carry Christ’s cross but to gather people from his region to hear the Word of Truth and be baptized.
So what about you? What kind of conversation or situation did you get dragged into and how does God want to use you in it?
PRAY: Lord, I admit that I hate being dragged into certain situations and conversations. Please open my eyes to see it as an opportunity rather than misery that I have to endure. Give me the wisdom to glorify Your Name in it and show me how You want to use me through it. Lord, help me to stop asking “why me?” and to start asking “how do You want to use me and change me through this?” In Jesus Name I pray. Amen!
Women’s Ministry Director
First Baptist Broken Arrow