Daily Bible Podcast Day 060 – Numbers 28-29, Mark 8

December 30, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan


“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.’” ~Mark 8:34-38

Jesus is really challenging at times. This is one of them. He requires that anyone who wants to follow Him be willing to give up their earthly life in exchange for an eternal one. Losing one’s life can take many forms, from giving up desires of the flesh to actually being willing to die in a place where being a disciple could get you killed.

What kind of “death” am I supposed to die? Certainly I should be willing to give up my own wants and subjugate them to Jesus’ desires. I don’t know what all of the consequences of that might be, and that makes it hard to do.

Holy Spirit, help me to give up what I want and be willing to do what the Son wants. It’s really difficult to die to myself. I need Your help or it will never happen. Help me be willing.

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