Lead- Would you still do it?

imprrh@gmail.com —  August 9, 2012

Devotional for today: Would you still do it? Mathew 16

What if you knew trouble was coming, and knew exactly what pain you would endure, and what anguish it would produce, would you still go through with doing the right thing? Look at Jesus:

1. He understood perfectly trouble was coming, necessary trouble. 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed. Notice Jesus’s understanding of the reality of the coming pain. Jesus used words like “suffer”, “many”, “killed”. Although we would like to avoid pain, sometimes that’s impossible.

2. He did not let his friends detour him from his purpose. 16:22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Sometimes, you have to go through painful experiences alone, because only you know what is at the end. Don’t let detractors distract you.

3. He kept his mind on his purpose, not his pain. Two phrases reveal Jesus’ understanding of his purpose. 16:21 “…and on the third day be raised to life”. 16:27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels…” He knew after the pain comes provision. He knew about the 2nd Coming (he was in it!) He knew how the story ends, and it ends well.

1. When trouble comes your way, sometimes you can’t avoid it. Embrace the pain.
2. Be careful not to be derailed from your purpose from those closest to you.
3. Keep your mind on the end result. The bible tells us about a process God uses: Promise, Problem, Provision.

And remember: Jesus is alive. Jesus is coming!

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