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Mark 8:22-9:1

“Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.  And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’” v. 34-38

Jesus asks His disciples “Who do you say that I am?”  Upon this question Jesus tells us what it truly means to be one of His followers. The NLT Life Application Study Bible Notes says this,

We should be willing to lose our life for the sake of the Good News, not because our life is useless but because nothing – not even life itself – can compare to what we gain with Christ.  Jesus wants us to choose to follow Him rather than to lead a life of sin and self-satisfaction.  He wants us to stop trying to control our own destiny and to let Him direct us.

Many people spend all their energy seeking pleasure.  Jesus said, however, that worldliness, which is centered on possessions, position, or power, is ultimately worthless.  Whatever you have on earth is only temporary; it cannot be exchanged for your soul.  If you work hard to get what you want, you might eventually have a ‘pleasurable’ life, but in the end you will find it hollow and empty.  Are you willing to make the pursuit of God more important than the selfish pursuits?  Follow Jesus, and you will know what it means to live abundantly now and to have eternal life as well!

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