The Way of the Cross - A Sacrificed Self - Friday, September 15th
And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12:23-26
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Auca Indians of South America, once said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep for that which he cannot lose.” This is another way of saying what today’s passage says, “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.” The Christian life is all about sacrificing the temporal for the sake of the eternal. This is precisely what Jesus Christ did by going to the cross of Calvary. Our passage calls us to follow him and serve him and when we do, we join him in the place of sacrifice (“where I am, there My servant will be also”). Our passage gives us this very striking analogy, “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Following Jesus requires us to sacrifice self and sacrificing self requires dying to self. This is the very spot embracing the way of the cross brings us to. It is a marvelous thing to come to the spot of dying to self. It means we have given up control of ourselves and given the Lord his rightful place at the center of our lives. Indeed, the way of the cross is the pathway to true blessing. However, we sacrifice ourselves to God in this way because of our love and devotion to Him as Creator and Master, not for the blessings that result. But as we continue in a pattern of genuine sacrifice with true love and devotion, our lives overflow with blessings unequaled by any other course of life.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
At the end of a challenging week of Devotions it would be fitting for you to write out your own prayer response to God. May God bless you richly!
Posted on Fri, September 15, 2017
by Ken Hart