Imagine you’re one of the first disciples, and you’re having the time of your life. You have a front row seat to Jesus' ministry. You’ve watched Jesus bring a little girl back from the dead and give a blind man back his sight. You’ve seen him turn a few loaves of bread into lunch for thousands. You’re pinching yourself: “Is this all really happening?” You’re part of the inner circle of the most amazing man alive! What will He do next?
What he does next is talk about what it really means to be his disciple. He tells you that it won’t always be this fun or easy, but it will be good. You’ll receive a life you never could have imagined.
Read Jesus’ words in Mark 8:34-38 and imagine He’s talking directly to you. Then spend some time considering the following questions:
- Jesus makes a mysterious statement: "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it." What do you think this means?
- How do we deny ourselves and take up our crosses daily in today's world?
- How do you feel about making an all-in commitment to Jesus? What do you stand to lose? What do you stand to gain?