Tag: Matthew 16:24-27

The reward of following Jesus!

Scripture reading for January 22nd:  Matthew 16

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 16:24-27  “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul.  For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.”

Following Jesus is not a part-time calling!  We can’t keep one foot in the world and one on the path of Jesus.  Jesus’ path led to the cross and Christ called His followers to take up their cross in order to follow Him.  Jesus called for a complete sell-out and a denial of self-interest and pursuit of worldly wealth.  Nothing we gain here in that respect can purchase our souls, and in fact, we can lose them in the process!  Jesus, the Son of Man, will come with His angels to bring reward for those who overcome and successfully follow!  This ought to motivate each believer and test our hearts concerning our commitment to follow Jesus.

Observation for over-comers:  When we lay our life down for Jesus, we actually gain what money and fame cannot buy!  Let’s embrace our cross and follow hard after our Lord! “Do not wear yourselves out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.  Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”  (Proverbs 23:4-5)

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