31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."
34And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
I was challenged this week to consider what I have been willing to exchange for my life. Is it the gospel, the cross of Christ, or some created thing? I found I placed high stakes in the preservation of my own life, some how unwilling to truly DENY MYSELF and FOLLOW CHRIST IN EVERYTHING! In my effort to preserve my life I lose it and there is no gain. The scripture plainly states that if I give up my life, I will gain it. Lord help me to see that seeking gain in this world is loss. However to lose now is an eternal weight in Glory!
Lord, count me with the angels that chant your praise both day and night for eternity!
Holy, Holy Holy is the Lord God almighty!