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Daily Devotion – February 25, 2018
02.26.18

Mark 8:34–38

 

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. For 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.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.’

 

Devotion by David Burns

As a teacher of an alternative wisdom and way, Jesus regularly uses startling statements and images to wake people up.  He sort of shocks us into really listening to how radically different his way is compared to prevailing wisdom.

Jesus is speaking to people with longings and fears similar to our own.  Everything in us is fighting for survival and for our view of the good life.  We are, indeed, people seeking to save our lives!  Jesus says we need to take a look at where and how we are seeking the good life because there are many alluring ways that can not ultimately satisfy.  He calls us to die to those ways so that we can pursue another way – the way of Christ.  The way of deep engagement with God and our deepest selves.

 

Prayer:

God please be patient with us and faithful for us.  We acknowledge our vulnerability to all the shallow things that seek our love and energy.  Take us ever deeper into your life so that we may know the satisfaction and joy you intend.  Amen.

 



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