12 Mar Matthew 16:24-28

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.

28 “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

Here, Jesus is expressing to the disciples what it will take to be a follower of Christ. He is expressing the difficulties of striving to seek Christ on a daily basis. His encouragement is you can gain popularity or status in society, but what good is it if you lose your soul. In our society we too often care what people think and are afraid of not living up to someone else’s potential. This level of commitment Jesus talks about requires much discipline and seeking God in solitude. Seeking God in solitude shows the importance of our relationship with Him because no one is there to watch or see, but only God. Seek His face on a daily, carve out some time where you can spend one on one time with your Creator.