Forfeit the World
Mark 8:34-38 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me...
think about it.
What is the sacrifice we're to live out (8:34-35)? What do we lose by holding onto our life (8:35-37)? What do we gain by losing? This challenges our "me first" thinking; what do you think this sacrifice could look like in your life? How would it help you present Jesus to other people?
Mark 8:34-38 is such a familiar passage with Jesus talking about taking up our cross and following Him, and losing our life to save it. And then verse 36 "'For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?'"
It's so easy to read or hear this passage and nod our heads in agreement. But living out our belief in Jesus' words takes some work on our part and that can be difficult. The pull of the world is constant and strong, and its message isn't about God. Everywhere you look, both boldly and subtly, the world's message is: It's all about you. It's about what you want and what you have.
So how do we combat giving in to the messages of the world? How do we shake off, lose, ditch (you pick the word) our worldly life to fully and unashamedly live for Christ? Tami W.
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