Devotion Day 70 – Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 70 – Matthew 16:1-Matthew 26:56 (or you can do as I plan on doing, reading all the rest of Matthew.)

What really struck me, besides the reporting of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection is Jesus’ words to his disciples in Matthew 20:26b-28.

whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

In Matthew 16:24b-26 Jesus says;

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Then we ended our reading today, hearing about Jesus giving his life that we might be able to have real life now and eternal life in his kingdom. By the way, I believe kingdom life begins here on earth and simply continues once we die.

From these passages and from our reading of the second half of Matthew, what do you hear our Lord saying unto you? What do you hear Jesus calling you to do?

For me, it’s to strive to live out Jesus’ summary of the law, see Matthew 22:34-40.

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

If I ever can do that, then God will truly be first in my life and I’ll truly be able to serve him and truly help other people.

O Lord Jesus, thanks for your incomprehensible gift of your life. Through really focusing upon the gift of your life and your words, may I be motivated to really love you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and love my neighbor as I love myself for in doing these two things I will take up my cross and follow thee. Amen.

Next reading: Day 71 – Matthew 26:57 – Mark 9:13

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