August 10 2023: Bible Verse of the Day – Feast of Saint Lawrence Deacon and Martyr, Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B – Whoever Hates His Life in This World Will Preserve it for Eternal Life – Matthew 10:37-39; Mark 8:34-38; John 12:22-26
Jesus said to his disciples:Matthew 10:37-39; Mark 8:34-38; John 12:22-26
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it, and Whoever Hates His Life in This World Will Preserve it for Eternal Life.
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honour whoever serves me.”
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Today’s Bible Verse of the Day Reflections
Jesus insists that we be of service to Him. This is because God created us so that we can serve Him. God did not just think of creating you without some work cut out for you to do. Therefore if you are alive and kicking then it means there is some work that God still needs you to do.
Christ gives us the criteria through which we will accomplish the task assigned to us by God in a manner acceptable and pleasing to Him.
This is by first denying ourselves then following Jesus. He insists that for you to serve Him, you must first follow Him and for you to follow Him, you must first accept His teachings and abide by them.
Another ingredient for you to follow Jesus is that you have to lose your worldly and sinful life so that, in the new holy life, you can efficiently perform your God-given duties.
When Jesus talks about a grain of wheat dying so that it can bear much fruit, He means that for you to bear much fruit for God, you must first die from your sinful life and rise again to a holy life where you will now be able to follow Christ become productive and our heavenly father will be happy.
Jesus makes a promise to us that we will be honoured by our Heavenly Father when we follow and serve Jesus Christ and finally gain eternal life.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we submit ourselves to You. We choose to follow You and serve You with all our strengths. Help us to leave our sinful past and change to a new life that is pleasing and productive to You. Amen.
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