The last session of CE is entitled ‘Come and Die’, and considers what it means to follow Jesus. In Mark 8:36, Jesus asks, ‘What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?’ As a group, we discuss this question and then go on to evaluate our personal understanding of the Gospel, scoring our conviction against the following statements:
1) Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
2) Jesus came to rescue me from my sin.
3) Following Jesus means denying myself and putting Jesus first, whatever the cost.
Some quite happily put a score of 10 (totally convinced) to the first two statements, however, scores between 0-5 (0 being completely unconvinced) are often given to the final statement. How would you score?
Interestingly, (and unsurprisingly), we find it hard to put Jesus first. We might want to, we might say He is important to us, we might acknowledge what He did on the cross for us, but a struggle to prioritise him in our lives highlights our utter sinfulness and weakness to do so. We’ll have Him as Saviour, but Lord as well? I have been challenged by this greatly. Does my life look different? Is Jesus my first in all I do? Not often enough. However, I am comforted by Mark 10:27 ‘all things are possible with God.’
My prayer is, that as we at ASL seek to tell others of Jesus, our lives would also reflect our love and trust of Him who has saved us, and people would want to know more.