“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”Jesus
This is one of those passages that has always bothered me as a believer. On the surface it conveys images of becoming a monk, dutiful suffering and the avoidance of anything profitable.
From that perspective, it’s quite depressing.
But this passage isn’t about what you lose, it’s about what you gain.
The World or Yourself?
This passage brought me great joy today because it reminded me that the greatest treasure in all of the world isn’t what you have, it’s knowing who God created you to be.
What were you made for?
This is the question we must answer. In fact, aside from salvation, this is the single greatest question we can ask.
Put another way, “Why are you still here after you have been saved?”
Jesus is reminding His disciples and those who would follow Him that the only way to discover the answer to this question is to let go.
This passage reminds us that to become who you are, you must let go of who you’re not.
This isn’t a one-and-done confession or selling off the farm, it’s a continual yielding to the power and presence of God.
The point is surrender must become a daily ongoing mode of life for the believer.
Spending each day in humble submission to God isn’t a command to live better, it’s the essence of a live lived to the full. It’s the daily and repeated death that ultimately bears fruit.
The world tells us that in letting go we lose.
Jesus reminds us that the only way to win is by letting go.
If you want a better marriage, you have to let go of your agenda and always being “right”.
If you desire a different career, you have to let go of your anger towards your current job.
If you are looking for spiritual guidance and direction, you must let go of your own understanding.
Today, invite God to prune away that parts of you that aren’t, so He can reveal what you are.