Day 70 - John 12:20-26
Points to Ponder:
1.What did the Greeks want?
2.When Philip and Andrew asked Jesus about it, in what direction did Jesus turn the conversation?
3.It was time for what in Jesus’ life?
4.Fill in the blank. Jesus’ death was ___________________ (v 23). How can that be?
The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me. Where I am, there my servant also will be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. – John 12:25-26
Lord Jesus, when you gave your life for me and for this world, you gave me life. Yes, you not only won for me eternal life, but you also set me free to live my life for you and for all other people. But dear Jesus, I’m learning that this life for other people and for you means dying to my own life. It means giving up the things I want the way that I want them. It means losing my way for their way. It means giving up my rights to give them rights. It means losing. It means dying to myself so that I can live for you and for them. And, Jesus, this is hard! In fact, I hate it most days. I hate the idea that I can’t do what I want to do when I want to do it. I hate that I have to be last in line when it comes. It’s hard for me to make you first. It’s even harder for me to make others second. I hate the idea that I have to be last. Lord Jesus, forgive me and help me to die to myself and to live for you. Help me to follow you. Help me to give up my rights so that others can have theirs. Help me die to myself so that others may live in you. Amen.