Mark 8:34-37 Then Yeshua called the crowd and his talmidim to him and told them, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake, and keep following me. 35 For whoever wants to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will save it. 36 Indeed, what will it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? 37 What could a person give in exchange for his life?
1.) Love: Know Abba loves you deeply, just as you are and not how you should be- In order to love God and others you must know that you are loved unconditionally. When we know we are loved we desire to love.
2.) Self: Your ego is dead. There is no longer a gap created between you, Abba, people, the earth. You are a part of everything and compassion is brought to full expression because you feel connected and being connected you feel everything is a delicate life that you are a part of. This is the church, the bride. Your self is lessened dramatically, others are at the forefront. In your poverty and brokenness, your “self” dies daily.
3.) Reality: When that love has fully started to take over your life it becomes the nucleus of your daily walk. Love becomes the goal of everything in your life. Every interaction becomes a chance to love. Every moment is appreciated because it’s the very place Abba has placed you and you react with love no matter the circumstances. The way you live becomes drastically transformed. How you eat, sleep, what you consume, how you consume, how much you consume, what you do with the money given to you, what you drive, what you wear, where you live, ect… Money is no longer ruler of your life, a romantic relationship is no longer a focus, social status has lost it’s luster. You no longer play that game. “Keep on loving each other as I have loved you” is your only law. We are called not just to be nice and polite but we are called to strive to practice altruism.
Time: Now is the end and the beginning, the kingdom of heaven is here. Love is up to you, Abba will be glorified right now by His love expressed through you by the way you live at this very moment. We are where Abba wants us right now in these unique circumstances, you can bring the Kingdom of heaven here or you can bring hell.