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August 5

FOCUS:    The burden to take up the cross of Jesus is great, but the reward is much greater.

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What is the most important investment you can make with your life? Jesus poses some probing questions to challenge our assumptions about what is most profitable and worthwhile.


In every decision of life, we are making ourselves a certain kind of person. The kind of person we are, our character, determines to a large extent the kind of future we will face and live. It is possible that some can gain all the things they set their heart on, only to wake up suddenly and discover that they missed the most important things of all. Of what value are material things if they don't help you gain what truly lasts in eternity. Neither money nor possessions can buy heaven, mend a broken heart, or cheer a lonely person.


Jesus asks the question: What will a person give in exchange for his or her life? Everything we have is an out-right gift from God. We owe him everything, including our very lives. It's possible to give God our money, but not ourselves, or to give him lip-service, but not our hearts. A true disciple gladly gives up all that he or she has in exchange for an unending life of joy and happiness with God. God gives without measure. The joy he offers no sadness or loss can diminish.


Our goal in this life is to spend eternity in heaven with Jesus in the next life.  This requires us to imitate Jesus in accepting the “crosses” that will come our way.  The crosses we face force us to make a choice.  Do we seek His Will or our will for our life?  Our personal crosses are the opportunities to answer this question.


Today’s Question for Prayer and Reflection

Are you ready to lose all for Jesus Christ in order to gain all with Jesus Christ?


Today’s reflection is excerpted from:

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