Jesus says in John 12:25, that the only way to “keep” our life for eternity is to “hate” our life in this world. Those are some strong words that we need to take heed to. We must have no esteem for this life; eternity is what matters. We mustn’t have esteem for what we have to go through or what we will miss out on in this life; if we do, we will miss out on what God has for us for eternity.
Jesus goes on to say in John 12:27, "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” Notice what caused His soul to be “troubled;” it was His very “purpose” that He had come to earth. If we think the plans and purposes of God for our life won’t cause us trouble in our soul, we are greatly mistaken. He has given us joy and He wants the fruit of joy to grow in our life, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be difficult times.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan