Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. (John 12:25, 26)
History is filled with stories of selfishness; self-infatuation, self-preservation, self-centeredness, self-exaltation, and the like. Jesus delivers truth and hope to all who would hear. With a heart of compassion, love, and deep longing for his hearers to understand the impact of his message, he reveals the pathway to genuine freedom. He divulges the vanity and eventual destruction of ourselves in self-seeking as our goal and purpose. He unveils the subsequent demise of chasing fame and fortune for oneself and the eventual emptiness, purposelessness, and hopelessness to which it leads. Few things are as sad as looking into the lifeless eyes of someone who has made as their goal the accumulation of the world’s accolades, idols, and wealth for self-identity and comfort.
In contrast Jesus says for all who would lay aside self-agendas and goals, and take up the causes of his Kingdom, would in the end be honored by the greatest force in existence for all eternity. Honored by our perfect Creator, our Father in heaven, the only true and living God.
My God, my Lord, and my King, please cause my life to be dedicated solely for your glory. Amen.
“And don’t let us yield to temptation”