As Christians, Spiritual people, or Faithful Believers: Despite how you might define yourself there comes a time when those who practice spiritual disciplines have to choose the lifestyle that they will lead. Simply put there are all ways crossroad intersections in life. Intersections where one must choose how to carry on. In the text for today Christ informs all that he has a certain road/ path that leads to a new life, but this road also comes with some suffering, great struggle, and sacrifice. We must all answer the question, I$ it worth it?
Let's look to the text!
31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’
34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
Take time out to reflect and think about how we can be ministers to the world, not of the world... What would Christ say to us, do we rank with those who worship , preach and teach wholeheartedly ? Or would Christ be ashamed of you because we only give God part of our self? All of this is just food for thought, this Lenten season. Remember that we are called to sacrifice some things of this world for the glory of God.
Until tommrrow Be Well!