Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Insight on the Word
In the 60’s American youth claimed they were a generation “lost in space,” they were trying to “find themselves,” and all they wanted to do was to “do their own thing.” The truth is when we do our own thing we will never really find ourselves (Jeremiah 17:9). To find ourselves we must find God.
“Findeth his life” means that a person seeks his own pleasures and passions, lives a selfish life, seeks what pleases self, it is doing your own thing. It is this kind of life that causes sin and evil in the world (James 1:14) Seeking your own life brings pain and hurt, starvation and disease, crime and injury, greed and selfishness, and war and death. Seeking our life among the things of this world can only end in disaster (Romans 8:6)
“Loseth his life” means that a person gives up the right to order his own life, he lets Christ control his life, he diligently seeks after God, he lives his life to please God and serve others. It is only when we give up our rights and surrender to the Lordship of Christ, that we really find our life. Our prayer becomes, not our will but His will (Luke 22:42). In a world filled with so much need we should follow Christ; by taking up our cross daily (Luke 9:23), and laying down our life to serve God and our fellowman (John 15:13).
Are your plans for today submitted to God? Do they only concern self? If so you have planned a lost day! But if your plans are ordered of the Lord (Psalms 37:23) and you have submitted yourself to Him, your day will be filled with worship to God through service and ministry to others. Find your life by loosing it in ministry to God and service to others. Remember Jesus promise that: “he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
Speak the Word — I have found life, by giving it to God and others! (Matthew 10:39)
Daily Bible Reading — Leviticus 11 – 13