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Scripture: Mark 8:34-37 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Reflection:

All four Gospels record this teaching directly from the mouth of Jesus. I believe Jesus is speaking of what it means to be transformed when joining his kingdom work. (By the way, ALL work is potentially kingdom work.) Transformation is moving from seeking how God fits in your plan to how you fit in God’s plan. It is moving from faith being about how God can help you with your life to how he is calling you to servanthood in his kingdom

Tobin Hart, author of From Information to Transformation maps six levels of knowing and learning:

  1. information

  2. knowledge, where direct experience brings information to a higher level

  3. intelligence, applying knowledge to solve problems

  4. understanding, seeing meaning and connections

  5. wisdom, blending truth and ethics to determine what is right action

  6. transformation, growing through the above to wake up to life’s meaning

So much of the conversation these days is around how we are going to get through this, or how we are going to get back to normal. We act as if this life is about us. And who came blame us, as this is the persistent message of our culture. In the middle of it all Jesus asks, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" Or, “What good will it do us if we survive this pandemic (physically, economically) only to continue to ask how God can serve our needs?”

 

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