Death Leads to Life

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Matthew 16:24-26

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?

This is a key message of Jesus. Unless you “deny yourself” (let go of your ego’s desires) and “take up your cross” (accept the hardships and unfair persecution that comes with following Jesus’ example of being a channel of love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion and justice for all)…you will not find the life that was meant for you. You could actually gain much power, prestige and many possessions in following your ego’s desires as well as our culture’s ideology…but never become your true self! How sad that would be! The more you uncover your true self…the more you will be living in the flow of God’s love. To figure out what God wants for you…you will have to do much listening to your heart in prayer and much discerning. It won’t be easy picking up your cross…but paradoxically…at the same time you will find inner satisfaction, peace and your true self.

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Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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