Tuesday, 17th January, 2017
Theme: To Follow Christ
Text: Matthew 16:24-28
EMHB 578 – A Charge to keep I have
Memory Verse: Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Once the disciples understood that Jesus was the Christ, Jesus began to talk about the cross. Jesus understood Peter’s rebuke of Him as a temptation from Satan, and He gave him the sort of treatment that He had given to Satan (Matt 16:23; 4:10). The cross was not optional; it was an integral part of Christ’s mission. There could be no glory without it. In fact, suffering must come before glory.
His attitude contrasts with that of many African leaders who use their position of responsibility as a chance for personal gain. But Jesus was prepared even to die in order that the whole world might gain something. Nigerian leaders should learn a lesson of commitment and total loyalty to their assignments.
Jesus expects all true believers to do so. A follower of Christ (a believer) is expected to do three things: (i) deny himself, (ii) take up his cross (iii) follow Him (Matt. 16:24).
. Self-denial means abandoning
one’s assumed right to
self-determination. Only God’s
will matters for life and for
. Cross-bearing requires
surrendering even one’s life in
order to fulfil one’s calling to
. “Following Jesus” means
walking in His footsteps and
doing what He did.
It is worth losing everything in life in order to gain Christ. (Matt. 16:25-26). Learn a lesson from Ruth. (Ruth 1:16-17).
PRAYER: Train me, Oh Lord and mighty Teacher, to serve Thee forever without asking for any reward. Amen.