Which version will you choose?

How deep does our trust in Christ go?  We are all somewhere along that continuum.  On Sunday we were discussing Mark 8 in our Sunday morning classes.  in verses 34-35 Jesus says to the disciples and the crowd,  "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.'

So basically following Jesus is surrendering our own version of how we want our life to go and accepting God's version of our life.  It also means that we have to carry a cross of shame and suffering just like Jesus did.  Lastly it means that our highest aim and motive in all we do is that Jesus would be lifted up and the gospel would go forth.  What if we asked ourself this question everytime we made a decision: 'which decision will bring more glory to Jesus and more progress for the gospel?'  

I pray that you and me will take another step deeper into this life today.  May we dare to enter into the awesome and powerful and dangerous life that God has prepared for us.  May we not settle for the plastic, comfortable and 'safe' life that our flesh tries to pull us towards.  

In Christ,

Brian