Then Jesus said to his disciples, 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 will find it. 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? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
Matthew 16 Verse 24-27 My Meaning
Jesus was talking to his disciples when he was predicting his death. He said to them if anybody would come after me then he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Basically what Jesus is saying is that if you follow me and God. What you need to do is give up your worldly ways, give up your worldly thinking, leave behind all your worldly traits, don’t think of yourself first.
We need to think of Jesus first. Taking up the cross means, to pick up your Bible, and start reading. It’s going to give you information and direction that’s going to change your life.
It’s incredibly powerful. Your life will change. The change might not be overnight.
In my case it’s a gradual progression because as I read the Bible I know more, I understand more and I can speak from my experience from knowing the Lord. Also when you read the Bible you will understand that all the worldly things that you’ve been doing are actually wrong.
You will understand the right way to move forward with your life. It’s amazing. Follow Jesus and don’t look back. Follow Jesus because he says, for whoever wants to save his life will lose it. Meaning you need to keep your eye on the prize.
The prize is eternal life and to have a meaningful relationship with Jesus. When a person follows Jesus you will lose what you have attained in the world meaning your negative energy, negative emotions, and negative thoughts just simply fade away and the whole meaning of one’s life is totally different. The reason why we are on earth becomes so clear.
Your life will totally do a 180° turn from what you were to what you are going to be.
Jesus also said, whoever loses his life for me will find it. If you leave your old habits and life behind you will find love and comfort in the hands of Jesus. When you search for the truth you will find eternal life.
When you want to be a righteous person. Look no further than the Bible. The Bible holds all the answers to your questions. I did not believe this until I started reading the bible my self.
Finding your soul is finding out how to actually live with the Holy Spirit inside of yourself. It’s amazing.
Then Jesus says, what good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul. If a person attains every goal that they set for themselves. Example, fame, fortune, possessions. That person has a hard heart, proud, greedy, no compassion. Will all these things get you into heaven one day? NO. As this person has forfeited their soul for the material things.
With greed and pride, you can have material things but there’s no soul. So what is the point of that? When you die what is gonna happen to you. I certainly want eternal life and anybody who reads this I want them to have Eternal Life too.
It’s very easy to get wrapped up in this world where your soul is not where it should be. We never know when we are going to be taken from this world.
We don’t know the exact day when Jesus is coming to raise the dead. Are you willing to take that chance? Do not leave it to late to accept Jesus as your savior.
I have not because straight after that he says the Son of man is going to come in his Father’s Glory with his Angels and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
What have we done for Humanity? What have we done for people? What could have we done for people? What have we given to the poor?
If we have helped people. We need to ask ourselves why did we help. Was it out of the goodness of our hearts or was it so we could be seen giving.
On that day Jesus is going to ask us. We need to make sure we have the right answer.
If you can’t answer that question then we need to strive more for the truth to be better people. On that day there are only two places we are going to. Heaven or Hell.
I want everybody to go to heaven. I really do. The more righteous life we live with Jesus the better people we will become. The more we read the Bible the more we will understand how to live our lives. The better chance we will have to go to heaven and have eternal life with Jesus and God. Amen.