What are we working for?
Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you [or soul]? What could you ever trade your soul for?”Source: Mark 8:34-37 (The Message)
Jesus ties everything together for us. We are not left guessing what is required of us in the Kingdom of God where Jesus is in charge.