Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it
This is a very interesting verse, which made me think a lot. What did Jesus mean by it?
Today I want to share some of my thoughts and write about one of a few perspectives.
Jesus says in
“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
In this sentence, Jesus talks about loyalty, and sometimes we face situations, where people may ask if we follow Jesus or not. These situations can be difficult, and if we look back in history, people lost their lives for being loyal to Jesus. In some countries, it is still to this day, where people get killed for following Jesus.
For sure it is not easy to admit being a follower of Jesus, knowing it might cost your life. I am sure, Jesus meant these situations too. But I want to get into another point, which is not as obvious as the first, but in my opinion very important too.
Jesus also says in
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he is it who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
In this verse we see, it is not just to admit following Jesus. Jesus wants us to keep his commandments. This leads to the actual point, which I wanted to share.
What does Jesus mean and about which life is he talking
In our daily life we every one of us faces a situation, where we must decide which way we take. Especially in business or negotiations. Sometimes we get opportunities to make a lot of money with some deals, which are not 100% correct.
The temptation comes, what are we choosing to do? We could scam someone, and this person would maybe not even notice, but we know, we did not do it right. How do we act? Do we choose to make the corrupt deal and take the win, or do we choose to stay correct and maybe collect less?
Or sometimes we are in an argument and discussions get hot. How do we act? Maybe we are on a point, which is not 100% correct, but it is beneficial for us. Which way do we choose? Insisting and fight for our point, or sticking to the truth?
Another example. Maybe we face a situation, and a very good friend did something wrong and we know the truth. Maybe it is even our boss. It comes to the point where we must speak, how are we going to do?
At this point we know, if we say the truth, we might lose the friend or even the job or any other benefits. In some cases, it could mean our existence, our everything. How do we act? Do we stick to the truth or are we going to try to “safe our life”?
Jesus tells us, if we try to save our physical life in the wrong way, we will lose our spiritual life. If we “lose” our physical life, for his sake, means not committing sin, we save our spiritual life.
This is exactly what happened with Adam and Eve when they sinned. Of course, they didn’t just die physically, but they died spiritually.
The choice is yours
Another word in the scripture tells us very clearly:
“For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
Do we need to say more? I think this is clear enough. It is our choice to live for the flesh or for the Spirit, and we are free to choose. But the consequences are very clear and can not be skipped. They are attached to our choice, do we live for the flesh or for the Spirit.
I think, there is a lot to think about all these things too. Especially in our time, so much fake and lies everywhere. Sometimes it is hard to believe anything, because of all the lies in our time.
Many times, the truth is not wanted. If you speak the truth, you will be attacked. How do we handle this? In cases where we need to speak, which side do we choose?
May God help us in everything. I believe in our time the devil is working in the details. Satan knows, he might not win us if he comes along with obvious stuff, so he uses all his tricks.
The scripture says in
Matthew 24: 22
“And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved.”