Words from the Heart for Sunday March 29th, 2020
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.
Mark 8:34-35 (NIV)
At a recent global conference held in Vancouver, dozens of researchers, mostly from Africa, were denied visas to enter Canada. When conference organizers asked why this had happened, Immigration Canada officials said, “In general, all visitors to Canada must meet the requirements for temporary residence in Canada, as set out in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.” The ministry said the applicant must demonstrate that they will “leave Canada when their visa expires.” One denial letter stated the Immigration Canada was not convinced the applicant would leave Canada when the conference ended.
We live in a world of fast – fast food, fast service, fast cars, fast travel. We order something online and expect that it will be delivered that day or at least the next. We want what we want when we want it. We are bombarded by ads telling us that we need what they are offering in order to be complete. These are the principles of the kingdoms of this world. What a contrast to what we read in Mark 8:34-35: “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Only in the Kingdom of God do these principles make sense. Deny yourself to receive the gift of eternal life. Lose your life for the sake of Jesus and you will save yourself and others. This takes faith. Complete trust in Jesus. When you do, you will find your life full and eternity guaranteed.
These have been words from the heart.