Matthew 16.24-28 – Servants of Christ
Posted: 15 November 2010 in Matthew

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

The Bible is full of hard truths, and here is another one. If we would be Christ’s servants, we must lose our lives, in the sense of handing them wholly over to him, so that he can do with them as he wishes. We will have to go wherever he leads, and the service of God will not be something we do whenever we have a spare five minutes. Truly being Christ’s servants will mean we are no more free to pursue our own desires or ambitions than were medieval slaves.

How many of us today are prepared to have our lives as wholly owned by God as was Paul’s after his conversion?

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