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Mark 8:34-38
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

As the pressure from the Pharisees mounted on Jesus to make the world doubt him, he traveled from place to place sharing the gospel because he knew his time was short and there were many who need saving. He dint fight back with the Pharisees because he knew how futile it was to try and change the mind of the hard hearted who had no space for a messiah in their lives. Today’s passage is one that most of us have heard but don’t enjoy much because these are not words of encouragement to the world. Instead, they are words of caution and only a genuine follower of Christ would see the sweetness of what the Lord was saying.

I am the sort of person most people might think of as nice whereas in reality I had some serious issues with sin. I still have areas of difficulty and not to turn back to my old ways is very hard. If there has been change, it was only because the Lord has enabled it in me. However, the big issue is that sometimes, we feel like God would understand if in our humanness we faltered a tiny bit. Unfortunately, that is Satan tripping us into our old selves and we need to always stand guard. To be able to witness real change, we need to hand over the reins of our life to God. When we do so, we will look foolish and ‘uncool’ to the world and might face persecution for it but we will be giving God glory. Are you willing to be shameless to the world for God to transform you and gain victory over sin or do you want to gain the world and loose eternity with God?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

Nut Cracker in the Woods

 

 


Matthew 16:6-12

“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.


Because of sinfulness, we are blinded to see what God is saying and doing in our lives and this is probably the biggest challenge to our walk with God. I find it such a challenge to prepare myself to sit before the Lord because before I do, I reflect on my life and have to first weed through the sin that covers my heart and mind and blocks my full view of what the Lord is teaching me. This morning more so than others and so when I read today’s chapter, I realized that even the disciples had a hard time figuring out what our Lord was speaking to them through the parables because they were still being pruned.

Again it seems the Lord is warning about following the Pharisees and Sadducees and I’m certain this was no mistake. Even though these were men of God who took care of the temple, taught God’s word and instructed people in God’s ways, Jesus was telling us off about them. This makes leadership such a challenge because when we lead, if our humanness comes before God’s holiness, we start to serve ourselves before God. The Pharisees and Sadducees were stuck in a spot where they were serving God in the way they felt right and therefore were blinded to the truth of the messiah’s arrival and their religious fervor and rituals had gripped their hearts. I encourage us to seek the Lord today and ask him to weed out such strongholds in our lives that prevent us from full and total submission to the Lord and to ask Jesus to always reign supreme in our lives and reduce our significance because our lives are to be lived for his glory.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet