One of the reasons that Nathan Buckley, the current AFL coach for Collingwood, is so popular is that he played his heart out as a player. His players sense that this coach is not asking them to do something that he wouldn’t have done. The players know that their coach wants them to follow his example. His team narrowly lost the most recent Grand Final. I thought it was great to see him console so many players and supporters despite his own pain. A classic moment happened even before the game started as he comforted the cheer squad whose massive banner was torn to shreds before the players were able to run through it as they entered the field.
Jesus has done more that anyone for the cause of others. He gave up His life for everyone who follows Him. He even died for His enemies! So the following reading from Mark 8 is an inspiration straight after Jesus explained to His disciples that He was going to “suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead.” Mark 8:31, NLT.
So be challenged with the following words that Jesus used to test His own disciples. “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 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. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Mark 8:34-37, NLT. Jesus warns us to live our life for Him, not for ourselves. What area in your life do you need to change in order to help you put Jesus first?