Feb 26, 2012
Focus Reading: Mark 8:31-38 SUBSCRIBE ON ITUBES
I wish I hadn’t done it my way.
One year at Tannum Sands I made up a series of Symbols to place on a board for each Sunday in Lent. I didn’t have a big enough board, so I made my own. I cut up some wood with the only saw I had – a pruning saw. I tried banging in the only nails I had with my hammer – a tack hammer. This did not work because my nails were short thick galvanised nails. So I used a house brick. The wood split. The board somehow held together. It kind of worked BUT the whole thing had taken me hours and hours. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had to do it and I had to do it my way. It was a total waste of time, when there were at least three people in the church who could have done it far quicker and far better. Today Peter wants Jesus to do things his way. Jesus on the other hand does things God’s way and invites us to join with him. Jesus’ way was to trust God and not to try to preserve his own life, or do things his own way. To deny ourselves, to take up our cross and follow Jesus, probably doesn’t mean we’ll come to a sticky end like Him. It does mean that we have to trust God with our lives and not do things our way. That’s costly but it also means new life, now and beyond the grave.
Questions for Thought or discussion:
Can you think of a time when you shouldn't have done it you way? What would have been different if you'd done it someone else's way? What are the differences between self denial self sacrifice? What stops us from trusting God with our lives?