ECWA FOOD FOR THE DAY - Sunday 28th February, 2021

TOPIC: COUNTING THE COST OF BEING IN CHRIST

TEXT: MATTHEW 16:24-28


We will conclude our series on this year's ECWA theme: Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1: 27) by reminding ourselves about the cost of being in Christ. Jesus never compromised or hid the truth, no matter how painful it was. In plain language, He told His disciples that whoever was going to follow Him needed to be ready to suffer and possibly die. This is not usual for someone looking for followers Jesus came looking for men, but He was not going to attract them through sugarcoated talk. When He was done telling His disciples about the vanity of gaining the world at the expense of one's soul, He then told them about His coming back to earth in His Father's glory accompanied by angels! This presentation by Christ must have left the disciples dumbfounded because, as much as they did not want to have to suffer and die following Him, they certainly wanted to be a part of His glory! This is typical of human beings - we want glory at no cost. No, it does not work that way! Understand that before the.. hope of glory, there is the Christ in you! No one really knows exactly what Christ being in you would entail, but it is a phase that must be passed before the hope of glory.


QUESTION

Are you ready and willing to pass through the "..Christ in you..." phase?


PRAYER

Give me grace to count the cost of being in You, dear Jesus. Through this, prepare me for the glory ahead, Amen.

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