Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
Few years ago I used to watch a TV program “The Biggest Loser” the reality show focuses on obese people losing weight. But Jesus is talking about losing more than weight. He is urging us to lose our lives. The biggest obstacle to being transformed into Christ’s likeness is precisely our fear of losing our life.
When Jesus talks about losing our lives for him, he’s not just talking about our physical life. The context reveals that “life” is the complex web of people and position and possessions that make up our everyday existence. We try to find or control or save our lives by getting and keeping all the things that make up our life. The very attempt to find our life within this web will cost us real, full life. The wisdom of God teaches us that if we lose our lives for Christ’s sake, we will find abundant, eternal life.
Jesus is not just advocating that we lose our lives for the sake of losing it; he wants us to lose it for his sake. Remember he left his glorious throne in heaven and came to earth to relate with us, it would only be great and wise if we give up our lives for his sake and make him the most important person in our lives. And the end of the day, the biggest loser would not be the one without status and material possession, the biggest loser would be the one with everything except Jesus.
My Declaration and Confession: Lord Jesus thank you for loving me enough to die for me, today I declare that I would live my life for your glory. The Spirit of the living God helps me to live for the one that loved me and died for me.
Ignite Thought: To enjoy the crown of life, we must endure the cross of death. This is the path to true life!