“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”
Jesus begins to tell the disciples that He must suffer many things, that He will be put to death, but He will rise from the dead three days later.
Peter takes Jesus aside and rebukes Him for saying these things. Jesus tells him, “Get away from me Satan!”
Jesus then tells the crowd that to follow Him they must turn from their own ways, take up the cross and follow Him. To try to save your life is to lose it, but to give up your life for the sake of the gospel is to save it.
Jesus turns all of our human viewpoints on their heads. The way up is to go down, the way to life is to surrender our life to Him.
Following Jesus is not about “Your best life now”. It is about His best life in us.
For many christians, following Jesus means literally laying down their lives for the gospel. For all christians it should mean becoming living sacrifices, letting Jesus’ plan for our lives take precedence over our own selfish ambitions.
Lord Jesus I take up my cross to follow you today. Take all that I am, take my plans and be glorified in me as I surrender to you. Amen.