What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Matthew 16: 26
If someone would choose to follow Jesus it must be whole-hearted, and they must be prepared for hardship and suffering – perhaps even for death! They must “deny themselves and take up their cross”. A disciple of Jesus must resist the temptation of Satan to go for the easy life. We must avoid the attitude which says: “I will follow you Jesus and do what you say, but only if life isn’t too hard”.
How many of us are comfortable in our lives, with homes, family and food on the table. From the comfort of our homes, do we look for ways to improve the lives of others? If you are reading this, then I guess the answer is yes. We like to feel that we do enough, but really? How far are we prepared to go to match even one hundredth of the hardship and suffering that Jesus and his followers endured?
We live in a completely different time and place, but there is still unimaginable suffering throughout the world. There are many people from our society who are prepared to forego comforts to bring help and support to the suffering.
Nobody is expected to give up their lives as a result of helping the suffering, but Jesus set us on a path to relieve all suffering and along the way, many have died.
Today, let us not forget.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you set us on the path to relieve all suffering. Help us to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in following you.
Action: Take a moment to remember and give thanks for one person from the past who has died as a result of hardship and suffering in your name.