Commands of Christ: 82

Follow and serve Me.

Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.  The Father will honor whoever serves me.  John 12:25-26

This is the eternally true version of the saying, “You can’t have your cake, and eat it too.”  We can live for eternity or for this life, not both.  We can serve God or material wealth, not both.  We live for God or for ourselves, not both.  Jesus modeled this.  It turned out great for Him in eternity but not so well in this life.  Follow His example.  It turns out well in the end.