My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Was it worth it?
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
(Mark 8:36 NASB)
“For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
(Mark 8:37 NASB)
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and
sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He
comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
(Mark 8:38 NASB)
These words of Jesus come right after he tells them that they must
deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him. However, if one
doesn't do that, one does just the opposite. The opposite is to fight
for your personal rights and your personal things. Yes, if you do this
you might gain all kinds of power and wealth in this world, but is it
worth it? Are you willing to exchange eternity for the things of this
When we stop and think about the things that the world has to
offer, we have to as ourselves, "was it worth it?" Jesus was asking the
disciples the same question because he knew that what they were
forfeiting was their soul and eternal life with the father. You can't
live half loving God and half loving the world. Those kinds of divided
loyalties are destructive, and Jesus' question cuts right to the heart
of it. "What will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Are we so
afraid of what the world thinks that we are ashamed of what God wants to
accomplish in this world? Are we so desirous of power that we are
willing to ignore what God truly wants from us? Is there anything that
you can gain here on earth that is worth your soul?
The response should be a wholehearted "no" but I'm not sure that IS
the typical response. As much as we want to believe that we are totally
sold out to Jesus Christ the simple temptations of the world seem to be
lingering around us and trying to draw us to him. We want to look
respectable to those around us, we want to be accepted by them. Maybe
this religious stuff would look or seem strange to others. Yes, it just
might but is it worth your soul? This is not a time to be ashamed of
Jesus Christ. This is a time to deny ourselves and to take up the cross
and follow him. To the world, or even to others that call themselves
Christians we may look a little crazy with our radical embrace of Jesus,
but we are called to follow him and we must be obedient to that call,
no matter what. And it will be worth it! He has promised.
Lord, may the distractions of the world fade into the distance as I seek your face. Amen.