Words from the Heart for Monday October 28th, 2019
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
Luke 9:23-24 (NIV)
Saving By Losing
Average net saving for all Canadian households was $852 in 2018, while the highest income quintile (the top 20% income earners in Canada) saved $41,393 per household. Conversely, households in the lowest income quintile had net dissaving of $27,935, as on average, they consumed more than their annual income and either had to incur debt or draw down previous savings to finance their consumption.
The Kingdom of God is based on principles that fly in the face of the principles of the kingdoms of this world. The kingdoms of this world teach that in order to get ahead, you must use the power and might that is available to you. To get ahead in the Kingdom of God, you have to be the servant of all. If you want to be a powerful person in the kingdoms of the world, you need to get in with the right crowd and make yourself useful to those in power. We read this about the Kingdom of God in Luke 9:23-24: “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” In the Kingdom of God the first are last, the last are first and you save your life by losing it. This is exactly how Jesus, the King of the Kingdom, lived His life. He is the perfect example to all of us who love Him of how we ought to live our lives as citizens of the Kingdom over which He reigns. We do so as we come under the authority of the King.
These have been words from the heart.