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“If anyone would come after me…”
August 7, 2009, 2:31 am
Filed under: B Gospel According to Mark
I have to admit that as I read these words from Mark Chapter 8 I am always struck by Jesus’ intensity and urgency. I guess if I had so many days to live the words I would speak would be more intense and urgent…what would I say? Would it be specific and real? I think Jesus’ words were very specific and very real. He said “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and the gospel will save it.” Jesus says that a follower of Him is one who denies himself, takes up his cross, and follows Him. How am I being selfless? How have I taken up my cross? Do others see me as a follower of Jesus because of these? More importantly does Jesus see this in me? But my focus is wrong, it’s not what I do, while that is important…but is my focus on Jesus? Has Jesus captured my very being? Does He enthrall my life? If not, why not? Jesus, capture me, enthrall me, fill me. If Christ is my life, and he is, then He will live that life through me. Jesus, capture me, enthrall me, fill me.

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