Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Take Up Your Cross Daily

Good morning! Today's reading is Luke 9:18 - 27. During a time when Jesus was alone praying, he asked his disciples, Whom say the people that I am? (v18). They answered John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the old prophets risen again. 
  He asked them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answered, The Christ of God (v 20).
  Jesus commanded them to tell no one, letting them know that he would suffer and die, and be raised on the third day. 
  23. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 
  24. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
 25. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
 26. For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
  We are to take up our cross daily, following Jesus. It isn't always easy, but if we persevere, the reward will be great. We may not have a lot of money or fame or other worldly treasures, but what good are any of those things if we lose our eternal life? If we do have money or fame or whatever, we should use those things for good, and not for self. 

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