Sunday, March 8, 2009
Days Eleven and Twelve- March 7/8
For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those 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.’
Pardon the pun, but these verse really are the crux of the matter, when it comes to Jesus' message to us in this passage. Really, all our attempts to save our lives are futile. Discipleship really is a reflection of who the Messiah is, one who gives his live away. When we walk with Christ in paths of love and service, we find such meaning and purpose and depth of living. Love truly isn't love unless we give it away.
We praise you God, giver of live, who loves us and sacrifices in ways that offer us abundant life. Grant us the courage to give ourselves away...for you. Amen.