Following in Christ's Footsteps - The Ticket to Sacrifice & Glory - Thursday, January 26th
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” “What is your request?” he asked. They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?” Mark 10:35-38
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. 1 Peter 2:21-25
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
If we respond to the message of the Gospel primarily for what God does for us, then we will be prone to continue to look to God primarily for what He can do for us. When we recognize the forgiveness of sins which the Gospel offers as God’s means for reclaiming us for Himself and His purposes and desires, we will be prepared to suffer with Christ for the sake of the Gospel and all the lost sheep who are yet to be brought back under the ownership and care of our Great Shepherd. How prone we are to be like James and John and want glory without sacrifice. Taking the steps of our own choosing is hard to resist, but we must give up on them. This is one of the greatest and most needed sacrifices we can make. It is the road less traveled but it makes all the difference every step of the way and in the end.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to discern between my steps and your steps. May your steps become the steps I desire. I truly want your steps and not my own. Even so, I recognize that some of what I originally desired for myself will be included in what you desire for me. That is truly amazing but the difference will be that I am living for you and your will and not me and my will. May you be glorified, Lord. Amen!
Posted on Thu, January 26, 2017
by Ken Hart