JESUS MATTERS: PART II
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
Jesus knew that suffering awaited Him at the cross. He spoke these things to his disciples but one of his closest did not believe him. Peter pulled Jesus aside and began rebuking him. In other words, he criticized and disapproved of his master’s words. Jesus responded with an even harsher rebuke, replacing Peter’s name with Satan and saying his thoughts are man-centered.
After this heated episode, Jesus clarifies the true calling of a disciple. A follower of Jesus will travel the same path the Master travels. A road of suffering led Jesus to the cross, and the God Man turns to us and declares, “Follow me.” He says, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me. He says, losing your life for me and the good news about me is actually the only way to save it. In other words, there are two choices. You can follow the world, or you can follow Jesus. Either you will choose to gain what the world says is of utmost value, or you will choose to gain what the master says is the most valuable. The choice is yours, but your soul is the collateral.
The reality of life is that you only have one to live. God has determined your days, and He knows when your final day is. The question is, in light of eternity, will Jesus be ashamed of you because you were ashamed of him? Will your master say to you, “Well done good, and faithful servant?” Will you choose the life Jesus calls you to live, or will you chart your own course? In light of eternity, Jesus matters because He will say either “depart from me I never knew you,” or “well done, good and faithful servant.”
- Consider reading The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
- While reading, ask yourself the question, “What value do I place on my soul?”
Read Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 25:14-30; Mark 8.