And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
The disciples had just been out healing and preaching the gospel. When they returned they witnessed the feeding of the five thousand. They were under the impression they would live with this power and be ruling under King Jesus shortly. How quickly things changed.
Jesus told them he was going to suffer and die, and the only way to get the life they were desiring was to give up their life. He told them, they would have to deny themselves of what they desire. They were to lay down their will daily and follow Christ. Not what they were expecting.
If I took you to Walmart and gave you $1,000 and gave you one of these choices which would you choose?
1. You had to spend it all in Walmart, but once you leave the store you can’t take anything with you
2. I’ll double it but you have to wait till you leave Walmart to get it.
You would choose he second, right?
Christians face this choice daily and so many choose the first. We will spend our time and resources on what we want for this life and loose it all once it’s over. Or, we will lay down our life daily for Christ and receive more than double what we would have received in life, and we get to have it for eternity. When put in perspective why wouldn’t we give our life over to Christ.
Let’s put our focus on the eternal today and not waste it on the temporal.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.