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“Real Faith vs. Fantasy Faith” I Corinthians 9:24-27 and Matthew 16:24-26
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Victorious over the fear of sacrifice
TUESDAY 10-8-19 Matthew 16:24-27, John 12:23-26
Outstanding quarterback Roger Staubach helped to redefine “winning” when he said, “Winning isn't getting ahead of others. It's getting ahead of yourself.”
Jesus’ disciples, like most first-century Jews, expected a conquering Messiah, a figure of intimidating power. That made it hard for them to see any value in Jesus’ words about self-sacrifice.
Do you have any beliefs about greatness or success that make it harder for you to accept Jesus’ teaching about a truly winning life? What helps your thinking reach beyond those inherited or learned cultural beliefs?
Our world, like the Roman Empire, usually identifies “glory” with power, wealth or public personal acclaim (e.g. winning an Olympic gold medal, Oscar or Super Bowl). We tend to see sacrifice and suffering as things to avoid if we can. What do you think Jesus meant when he said the horror of a crucifixion would “glorify” him? What glory (if any) are you able to see in his death on a cross?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to focus less on getting ahead of others than on, in Staubach’s words, getting ahead of myself. Teach me how to value and honor sacrifice in the way you modeled for me. Amen.
* Quote found at: https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results?q=Staubach.