There were 2 sections I read this morning that I couldn't decide which to share...
...so I share them both
Jesus is speaking in this 1st passage...
34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, Jesus said,
"If any of you wants to be my follower,
you must turn from your selfish ways,
take up your cross,
and follow me.
35 If you try to hang on to your life,
you will lose it.
But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News,
you will save it.
36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?
37 Is anything worth more than your soul?
38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days,
the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
I also think of verse 36 & 36 whenever someone famous dies.
And I wonder what they would say to us, if they could
And Paul wrote what he knew were some of he last things he would say to Timothy, his beloved son that he “come by”...
2 Preach the word of God.
Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not.
and encourage your people with good teaching.
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching.
They will follow their own desires
and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation.
Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord.
Work at telling others the Good News,
and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
The Lord encourages us to be & do the same things Paul told Timothy to be & do.
And Paul describes our world in verses 3 & 4.