Losing Things


On a road trip recently, I came across the biggest key chain to a restroom I have ever seen. They must have come to a point of being fed up with customers walking off with their key. We all do what we can to keep from losing things. But things are just things, how about a person’s life?

What does it mean to lose one’s life? I don’t mean, what does it mean to die? I have seen enough death in my life to know what that means. But, what does it mean to die, when you are still alive?

Matthew 16:25
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

Think about something you lost, something that was very important to you. And you never got it back. In fact, there is a good chance, that whoever found it, is now using it and perhaps enjoying it every bit as much as you did. Doesn’t that just irk you to think about it?

If I were honest with myself, I would have to admit that I naturally lean towards loving myself. I may say that I don’t, and I know there are things about myself I don’t like, but overall, I like myself and the thought of completely losing myself is difficult to grasp.

When Jesus said, “who ever desires to save his life will lose it“, He didn’t mean lose part of it, He meant lose ‘all’ of it. Think about it, if you lose part of something, you haven’t really lost it. I wonder if I have lost all of my life for Jesus. Oh I want to say that I have, but as I meditate on what that really means, I am not sure I have, and that causes me some concern.

Matthew 16:26
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

May the Lord help me to lose myself, all of myself, for His sake.


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