HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Jesus’ words in vv. 24-26 are challenging. Discipleship is not easy, and it is not cheap. It requires conviction, sacrifice, and commitment. In order to be a true disciple of Jesus, we must be willing to put Him first, walk away from the world, and devote ourselves to Him completely. That does not mean, however, that we do not continue to live in the world or be a part of it. Therein lies the difficulty. Discipleship demands that, even while living in this world, we die to ourselves and allow Christ to direct our lives. Conforming to His will must affect every aspect of life, from work to family, to social activities, to relationships. Why would or should we make that kind of commitment? Because there is nothing that this world holds that is more valuable, precious, or permanent than our eternal souls. It is that truth that prompts Jesus’ powerful questions: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” The blessing and reward of giving our lives to Christ is the wonderful relationship that we enjoy with God and the blessed assurance of knowing that our soul is eternally safe in His hands.
Why does discipleship require such strong commitment?
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