The theme behind this series, “becoming the person you were created to be,” can sound self-centered, as if being a follower of Jesus is all about becoming a better you. Today, though, in this sermon based on Mark 8:27-38, we come to the heart of the matter. We are not made for ourselves; we are made for others. Our deepest joy and highest purpose will not be found if we chase joy or purpose; they will only be found when we give ourselves away. That is the path to life that is real. It is the way of following Jesus.