loses his life for My sake will save it.” —Luke 9:24
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.”
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).
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.
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.
the believer who “loses” his life for Christ’s
sake will “save” it. —Borrowed
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
is the law of death; self-denial is the law of life.
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