“Whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” —Luke 9:24
Brahms, the famous German composer, had a weight problem, so his doctor put him on a diet. One day the doctor saw Brahms in a restaurant with all the wrong kinds of food spread out before him. “So this is what you think of my advice,” he said to his patient. “Oh,” Brahms responded, “I’ve decided that it isn’t worth starving myself to death just to live a few more years.”
We may smile at Brahm’s paradoxical reply, but there is a way to die in order to live. In today’s Scripture, Jesus said that “whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (v.24).
Believers in Christ who deny themselves, take up their cross, and wholeheartedly follow Him do lose their lives in the sense that they live for Him rather than for themselves. And in so doing they actually save their lives. They find real purpose and have the joy of the Lord in their hearts. And one day they will be amply rewarded in heaven.
On the other hand, Christians who insist on catering to their own selfish desires and ambitions lose out on experiencing the satisfaction of doing the will of God. That’s life at its best.
Yes, the believer who “loses” his life for Christ’s sake will “save” it. —Borrowed
O Son of God, who lovest us,
We will be Thine alone,
And all we are and all we have
Shall henceforth be Thine own. —Havergal
Self-indulgence is the law of death; self-denial is the law of life.
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