Gospel Reading and Thoughts for August 31, 2014

jesus teaching his apostlesGospel – Matthew 16:21-27

Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

 

Jesus is asking us to give him everything – our wills, our wants, our very selves. But truly, He is asking us for no more than what he gave us. He gave up everything. He gave His own will up to follow that of his Father. He gave his live for ours. He gave his wants for the salvation of the whole world.

Christ isn’t asking for us to drop everything and neglect everyone in our lives to run after Him. But He is asking us to make a daily decision to deny ourselves and give everything we do up to God. He promises an eternity of repayment!

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