"For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" "follow Me"
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's." 34 And He summoned the multitude with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 "For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's shall save it. 36 "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 "For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
Mark 8:31-38 NASB
We are so thankful for you today. We pray you have read the last two blogs "Deny" and "Take up your cross" Today we talk about "follow me" two simple words yet they carry such power. These two words had people dropping fishing nets and abandoning the only livelihood they ever knew. These two simple words can take you on a journey you never would think possible. These two words can bring out courage and strength even when you cannot see the road ahead of you.
Follow me comes with the power of abandonment:
Letting something go you know and love and exchanging it for something of greater value. My friend today give up on your old way of life and your old way of thinking. Jesus was so right when He said to Peter you have man's interest in mind. Whatever you think you want to seek here on this earth, even what you think you might want to accomplish for God
LET IT GO and SEEK God and God alone.
This requires taking a risk that God knows better what you need than you do.
TAKE A RISK AND PURSUE THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
Follow me comes with the power of courage and strength:
I believe we all would like to take on the challenges that life throws at us. Many time it seems like they never stop and just when we think we are rises above them something else happens. If only I could get a little ahead in my finances, If only I could feel better, If only my car would not break down, if only if only. No things are not going to always be easy when following God but I can tell you that your will always have just what God knows you need. The blessing my friend is that when you allow God to become intimately involved in your life and give him full control the
IF ONLY TURNS TO I CAN BECAUSE HE CARES AND GIVES ME STRENGTH
Lord today I will drop everything and follow you. Today when the pressures of life come and swirl around me I will lift my hands up in full surrender to You. I will follow wherever you go, I will do whatever you say do. Lord I abandon my will and my way and seek Your strength and courage. Thank you Lord today for calling out to me and saying "Follow Me"