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Matt. 16:24-26 Kingdom Life

posted Jun 25, 2020, 9:16 AM by Jacob Boer

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?”

This is kingdom language, heaven is not a democracy, by becoming part of the kingdom of heaven, we are giving our entire lives over to Jesus, our complete loyalty, meaning that what Jesus wants, we want, what he tells us to do, we do, because we completely trust him and show it in complete obedience. This is a life giving prayer as well: from Jesus we gain our identity as members of the kingdom of heaven, we gain a set of values for our lives that come from our king, we gain a purpose for our lives to grow the kingdom of heaven for the sake and glory of our king. It doesn’t mean life will be easy, crosses were not a promise of easy, but we are part of something way bigger than anything we could create, we are part of a kingdom that encompasses both heaven and earth, we are sons and daughters of the king, what more could you ever want in life?

Q. What does the third petition mean?

A. “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” means: Help us and all people to reject our own wills and to obey your will without any back talk. Your will alone is good. Help us one and all to carry out the work we are called to, as willingly and faithfully as the angels in heaven.