by Randy Chambers, 2015-03-02
Luke 9:23-25, NIV: Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come
after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For
whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
It’s all in the approach, the motive, the attitude and intent of the heart. We see Jesus and turn and follow Him. He turns to us. “What seek ye?” He asks. What do you say? What is your reason to go to Him? Some people look to Jesus to rescue them from hell. And some of those want nothing more from Jesus, nor do they seek to give anything back. They look upon the Son of God as little more than fire insurance, as though they deserve His salvation. Woe to them who treat
God’s salvation with contempt. There are others who come to Christ and say as the tax collector, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.” They do not take God’s salvation lightly, nor do they feel worthy or deserving of it. They treasure God’s salvation and seek more than fire insurance--they seek to follow Jesus wherever He would lead--even to death on a cross. To each of us the question is asked, “What seek ye?” Do you seek to save your life? Or are you willing to lose it?