As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection this coming Good Friday and Easter, we, at Faith Bible Church, want to be intentional about drawing close to God and seeking Him during this season of Lent. Join us as we pray together during this season.
Mark 8:35 – For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
From Pastor Andy Voelker - Who is not interested in saving their lives, in making them worthwhile, full and rich, worth the living? There are two attitudes toward life that are possible, and you can have only one or the other. One attitude is to save your life now: hoard it, clutch it, cling to it, and see that in every situation your first instinct is to get what you can for yourself. That is one way to live, and millions are living that way today. The other attitude is to lose it: give it away, disregard what advantage there may be for you in a situation, and live life in dependence upon God. Living life this way, your first actions are to share Christ instinctively and to serve others selflessly. This is a better way of living for all of us today.
If you lose your life for My sake and the gospel's, says Jesus - lose your life by means of giving yourself away in the cause of Christ, giving up your right to yourself, taking up your cross and following Me - you will save it. You will not waste it, but you will save it. You will find contentment and satisfaction, an inner peace, and a sense of worth in your living. You will discover, not just in heaven someday but right now, that even though you may not have all the things others have, your life will be rich and rewarding and satisfying.
- Spend some time today, praying about the choice for a life lived to make Him known. Pray that by God’s power, we will find the grace to say yes to Him and no to us.
- Ask yourself, is a relationship with Jesus radically changing your attitude toward self and the way you live? What is God's plan for exchanging the selfish desires of your heart for the humble desires of a servant’s heart?