What Jesus Did! 'Find Life!' — Mark 8:35

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

[Jesus said to the crowd,] "If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it."
— Mark 8:35 NLT

Key Thought

So often what we most passionately pursue because of our earthly perspective is what we cannot achieve, purchase, or find. Life is found in Jesus. Life is found in obeying Jesus. Life is found in living for Jesus. Anything else is lost in death, so let's passionately pursue Jesus and life in him.

Today's Prayer

O Father, help me refine my focus so that I find my life built and centered in your Son as my Lord. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 1:1-5
  • John 5:26
  • John 10:10b

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Illustration of Mark 8:35 NLT — [Jesus said to the crowd,] "If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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