Losing to win!
Scripture reading for February 19th: Mark 8
“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, but Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.” (Mark 8:31-32) After performing another notable sign, the healing of the blind man, Jesus began to question His disciples about who people said He was. He then asked them who they thought He was. Peter had answered, “You are the Christ.” (Mark 8:29) Jesus then began to teach them about His mission of suffering and death. Peter, thinking that He would stop Jesus or impress Him, began to rebuke Him!
Jesus was teaching His followers that fulfilling the mission of God was the way to true victory! We can’t just have it our way and think the way men do. Peter was guilty of playing into Satan’s hand and often so are we! When we only want the blessings of following Christ, but reject or rebuke Jesus when He asks us to lay our life down for Him we are thinking like mere men. In God’s economy the way to real life is to give up our worldly thinking and think like Jesus! He was sold out to do God’s will and we are the benefactors of eternal life!
“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 for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:34-36)