It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon when my entire family and few of my closest friends had an intimate worship service at home. We sang praises and worship songs as we acknowledged the presence of the Lord. God also blessed us with a Pastor who visited us and fed us with encouragements as we studied the Bible. Through him, the Lord revealed His plan for each and every one of us, so loud and so clear. We were so overwhelmed with what we have heard and so blessed with God’s love, hope, and peace.
It was an unexpected experience, unexplainable and beyond my comprehension. I was so happy; I was so relieved on that day. But there was a phrase left inside my head when the Pastor prayed for me. He said this phrase: “Die and lose your life”. Since then, I kept on asking the Lord “How to really die? How to lose my life? The pain has cut me too deep and I was in agony for such a long time. I thought I was really dying but then, it wasn’t enough?“
I wanted to know the answers for “Whys” and “Hows”. I looked for answers until the Lord led me to this:
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
In a kingdom where the King is a servant (Mark 10:45), losing our lives become the only way to find it. This is a startling message to a world focused on self-promotion and self-protection.
In practical terms, “How can we lose our life”? The answer is summed up in the word “SACRIFICE“. When we sacrifice, we put into practice Jesus’ way of living. Instead of grasping for our own wants and needs, we esteem the needs and well-being of others.
Jesus not only taught about sacrifice but He also lived it by giving Himself for us. His death on the cross became the ultimate expression of the heart of the King who lived up to His own words:
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
In any circumstances, in any pain, in any struggles and hardships, may we always breathe the name of Jesus. Lose our lives for His name sake and let the power of God manifest in you. Let Him be your God; let Him be your life. Now that we were redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, may we live our lives in accordance to His will and for Christ alone.