Week of May 6 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Luke 9:23-24

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

Day 1 Read: Luke 9:23-27

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

Reflect: What three “conditions” does Jesus make for those who might want to follow him?

Consider: Verse 25 is essentially a proverb stating that one should live in light of ultimate values. The loss of one’s soul, i.e., experiencing God’s judgment (cf. 10:14), is far too great a price to pay for possessing the whole world.1

Respond: How do these conditions go against the grain of our culture? What does our culture teach one must do in order to be successful or get ahead? In what areas of your life are you too self-ambitious? How do you need to be more about self-denial?

 

 

1  Robert H. Stein, Luke, vol. 24, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 279.