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Posted: September 3, by fpcpastorjeff. Now, let me explain what I mean. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? Jesus tells his disciples that if they cling to their lives, they will lose them. If they lose their lives for his sake, they will find them. The problem is: we often take these verses out of context.
We forget what comes right before them, and we read into them whatever it is that is on our minds at the time. Jesus told Peter and the other disciples that things were not going to end the way they hoped. Jesus told them he would suffer and die. He told them he would rise again on the third day. The Messiah was supposed to overthrow Rome, not die. And so, Peter rebuked Jesus. That must Looking for what comes my way taken some chutzpah. You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things. Jesus called Peter out for thinking the way the world thinks.
This is what comes right before Jesus telling his disciples that those who want to save their lives will lose it. If we look at the Greek, this becomes even clearer. I think Peter was more willing to give up his life than to give up his idea of what was supposed to happen. He was ready to rush headlong at the opposing forces and fight. He was ready to defend Jesus, even if it cost him his life.
But, when Jesus started talking about the need for the Son of Man to die — Peter was not okay with that. Peter was okay with his own death. That was not part of the plan. In Peter, I see a call to examine my own life and my own heart. What desires do I have that I put before anything else? Where am I clinging to my own will and my own way? For myself, I know I often want a plan.
I want to know how things are going to turn out. This season and uncertainty has been pushing me — pretty much every day — to ask if I am willing to lay down my way and take up my cross and follow after Jesus. Sometimes I think I am getting a whole lot better at it. Faith is a my way or the high way situation — but not highway like the road you drive on. This is one of many reasons to read the Bible, and to worship as part of a community put together by Christ.
We can encourage one another. We can pray for each other. We can gently correct each other. We can strive towards what is good together. And, when we miss the mark, we will find many opportunities for renewal, restoration, and reconciliation. There is no law against such things.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Along that path we will find the fruit of the Spirit, and our hearts will reverberate within us because these fruit are exactly the stuff we were made for. On this path, we will be invited to share love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control everywhere we go.
What about in yours? Oh, how we need love and joy. Oh, how we need peace and patience. Kindness… that word shakes me. We need it desperately in our world. We need all of these things.
I read this list and I wonder — where are these things in our world? And then I remember…these things are in me. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find.
Those who knock it is opened. We will need a whole lot of help to do it. We will fail miserably — often. To close today, I would like to sing you a song that was written by Jennifer Knapp. This song is called Refine Me. Category: Uncategorized.
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