Good morning, everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. You’re almost to the end. Remember to thank God for all He’s done this week and thank him for the new blessings and mercies he will provide today.
We had a guest preacher on Sunday named Bob Sorge and I’ve been meditating on his message this week. One of the things that stood out to me was when he talked about the one thing that Jesus taught that is present in all four gospels. If we try to hold onto this life, we will lose it, but if we lose this life for his sake, we will find it.
Each teaching looked at a different perspective. Matthew focused on family.
Matthew 10:37-39 NKJV
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Following Jesus can lead to differences between family members. As much as you love them, you must love Jesus more. I know from experience that this is best. Jesus doesn’t want second place. Everything in your life will fall into place when you keep Jesus first and choose to follow his lead, even if others don’t agree. There’s always a chance that after your family sees your passion for Christ they will join you in following him.
In Mark 8:34-35 Jesus talked about denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and following him. We have to be able to move past how we may feel or the circumstances we face and keep focused on him. It won’t be an easy journey, but Jesus will give us what we need in order to follow him.
In Luke he focuses on possessions.
Luke 17:31-33 NKJV
“In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
What we gain in this life will not mean anything in our next life with Jesus. There’s nothing wrong with possessions and enjoying the things God blesses us with, but everything here is temporary. You will never see a U-Haul truck attached to a hearse.
In John, Jesus uses the analogy of a seed going in the ground and dying to produce fruit to not only symbolize what he would ultimately do, but how we should look at our lives.
John 12:24-26 NKJV
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
As a follower of Christ we should give our lives because there is much more to gain. We find purpose, not through living for ourselves, but following after God.
This was an awesome word for me. I believe going to Jamaica was the prelude for what Bob Sorge’s would share. I’m thankful for this and encourage all of you to study these passages. You will see things in a different.