A quick trip down the self-help aisle of your favorite bookstore certainly points to ideals of worldly living. It seems the key to a good life is a positive outlook, positive self-esteem, and a heavy dose of optimism. Even some well-known evangelical authors try to convince us that the key to a good life means understanding God wants us to have our best life now.
Jesus teaches his followers a much different path to life in God’s kingdom. He calls God’s people to forsake the ways of the world by taking up a life of humble service for the sake of others. Denying ourselves and taking up the cross means becoming living sacrifices by following the example of our Lord and Savior. Such a life eschews the notion of living our best life now. Christians know this earthly life is but a glimpse. It is not something to be treasured above all else, but to be lived in such a way that others may receive a glimpse of the kingdom to come. Jesus says, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:24).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, equip and empower us to take up the cross and follow you along the path to eternal life. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.