To Lose One’s Life

Often, I’ve asked myself this: If I were living my dreams – pursuing the career I love, being successful, traveling the world, and immersing in the good things it offers – and God called me to drop everything and follow Him, would I? And often, the answer I get in my heart of hearts is that – I don’t know. Probably not. It’s disheartening, but I believe that’s just the way for most of us: We cannot surrender everything, absolutely everything, unless God does something radical in our lives. Like loss of health and strength.

The rich, young man of the Gospel comes to mind. He wanted to inherit the kingdom of God and yet, he couldn’t, just couldn’t give up everything and follow Jesus. And what did the Lord say after the man left? That it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man or woman to enter the kingdom of God. Why? We go back to the first paragraph. We need not be very wealthy like the rich, young man in the Bible, but we do have stellar careers, properties like condo units or cars, jewelries, overflowing wardrobes perhaps that we just can’t live without.

So, it’s hard. Impossible even, as the Lord Himself has said. But look at what He said next: “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).

He makes it possible for us to surrender everything, lose our lives for His sake, follow Him, and later on, enter into His kingdom.

Before He even calls us, He knows what our reactions would be. That’s why He does things to us to get our attention, to let us realize that when we desire to save our lives, we’re going to lose them. But when we lose them for His sake and the Gospel’s, we save them.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Mark 8:35)

To lose one’s life for Jesus is to find it. How much simpler could it get? And yet, not all of us get it. Unless the Lord makes it possible for us.

He made it possible for me. I was like that rich, young man. I was leading my own company, had properties, cars, jewelries, overflowing wardrobe, travels, and a stellar career that brought all the success and fulfilment. But God wanted me. He wanted me to partake of His salvation and kingdom. He wanted me to know Him and love Him enough I would follow Him to the ends of the earth. But He knew I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, turn my back to all that I had. So, He stripped me of my health and strength, so serious I could no longer work. I’m thinking now that He probably wept when He did it. But He knew my salvation was much more important than anything in this world.

When I lost everything, He let me know that I had Him. He made me realize that when I have Him, I actually have everything.

He made it all possible for me – lose my life for Him, know and follow Him. But the losing and denying of oneself, the taking up of one’s cross, and following Him are decisions we make every morning, every day. We renew them again and again. It is a daily decision.

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (Luke 9:23)

A daily decision to choose life or death. So, choose life. Lose it for Jesus again today, and tomorrow, and the next. For we will find it in Him. He is our life.

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Comments

  1. elizabeth jose says:

    this messageis from His Heart – it spoke directly to my heart abt
    a difficult phase in my own life.

  2. Beth says:

    I am so grateful for the honesty of your story and the hope it gives. Surrender is an every minute decision and certainly only possible with Jesus. How deep the Father’s love for us that He would take us to such lengths to bring us so close. Thank you for sharing at Unforced Rhythms.

    • RinaPeru says:

      “How deep the Father’s love for us that He would take us to such lengths to bring us so close.” ~ I love this, Beth. So true!

  3. Ann says:

    We often wonder why we and our loved ones have to go through so much pain and suffering in life. I think you hit the answer right on target when you wrote, “Before He even calls us, He knows what our reactions would be. That’s why He does things to us to get our attention, “

  4. Dawn says:

    At first when I started reading, I thought what a lovely photo. The music and the look of serenity on your face were enough to draw me in. I agree, He works through the unlovely moments to get our attention as difficult as that may be. He is diligent to look towards our eternity with hope and love in mind. That is what makes the surrender easier and easier each day, because we have a hope and we can know His love in a way that reveals a depth we can’t find otherwise.
    Surrender is a daily dying, but the more we do it, the more we see that we are surrendering more of what full life looks like when we choose to hold on to the things of this world.
    Choosing to surrender more each day with you!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  5. Such a hard concept, and yet it is essential. May we be able to give it all up when we are asked!

  6. Congratulations Rina – your heartfelt post is one of my features at Inspire Me Monday, Week 145 at Create With Joy!

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