Are we just robots obeying what Jesus commands?

Of course, we are not robots, every human being has desires, needs, and feelings. However, when Jesus calls us to go to the ends of the earth, many of our personal desires, feelings, and needs have to be left aside.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

Matthew 16:24

Jesus is not being cruel or trying to show or prove anything to us. It is about urgency and efficiency. It is simply too urgent that we work to bring a quick end and go as far as we can.

  • Aparneomai (ἀπαρνέομαι) deny, looking back to what was originally refused (rejected, forsaken), suggests “strongly reject” (especially the source). That is, utterly refusing to recognize the original source involved. Hence (aparnéomai) can imply “ignore, disown, or repudiate”

In the context of this verse, Peter is rebuking Jesus and telling him that he cannot die. Jesus tells him that he has man’s ambitions in mind.

If you are thinking to yourself, “what about what I think, feel want to do in my life” you may not ever get this point. If you are living out your ideas, wants, and desires, you wont have time to go to the ends of the earth. The ends of the earth are where the totally unreached remote peoples, tribes, clans and languages are that have no scriptures.

So what does Jesus do for those who “put aside” all their wants, dreams and desires? Look at the illustration below.