Ashes to Fire: Lose Your Life to Save It

Mark 8:31-38


There is a two-sided coin of being a human.  One is wanting what we want, and it is shocking what people do to get what they want.  The other side is fear that if we don’t secure life for ourselves then we will be lost or forgotten.  Jesus, though, flies in the face of these two human realities saying, if you want to save your life then it means dying to yourself, taking up your cross, and following him.  For the fearful it means trusting God in the very face of their fears.  For the graspers it means letting go and submitting to God to give what we need and change what we want. For both it means dying to an old way of life.  But Jesus says that if we trust him and let go, we will find the life we’ve always been looking for.  The very life God created us for.

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