When good intentions are not of God: What lasts to eternity

Reading: Matthew 16:21-28

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling-block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me…. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.”  (vv.23-24; 26-27)

Have you experienced sitting an exam, writing a brilliant essay, and then marked really low for it for the simple reason that you did not actually answer the question?  Well, that has happened to me many times during my student years.  Well, the lesson was learned, but didn’t it feel like your efforts for that exam—for the expectation of a reward, had been wasted?

We have many plans, good ones, great ones—for ourselves, for our family, maybe even for our community, our nation, the world!  But will it count in God’s kingdom—now and when it is fully established when Jesus, our Messiah returns?

Lord, I ask that in reading your Word and in prayer, you would continue to reveal to me your will, your plan—may I live according to it, no matter the costs.  Amen.

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