September 4, 2018
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Luke 9:12-27
“He that findeth his life shall lose it, and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39
We love to think that life is all about winning. Success is very important to us, whether it be financial or spiritual. We want to win the game. We want to win the bid for that lucrative contract. We want to win our liberty, that court challenge, our wife’s love, and our own way. We even talk about favorable decisions we have to make sometimes as a win-win situation.
The Scriptures talk about winning. The apostle wrote to the Hebrews about a race to be won in chapter 12, verses 1 and 2. In Philippians 3:14, Paul refers to a prize to be gained. In the same chapter, in verse 8, he holds before us the wonderful truth that we can win Christ. And we all want to be faithful in the race of life and finally win entrance into the glories of heaven.
But what about the verse above that alludes to losing? To suffer loss is as common to life as winning. Job lost everything from his children, to his wealth, to his health. Some of us have suffered similar losses. Maybe you have lost a loved one, or a marriage, or a million dollars, or a good business, or a friend, or maybe even your freedom. In these grievous losses we have come to understand that life has as much to do with losing as it does with winning
Christ wants to teach us the art of losing. He taught us how to lose on the cross at Calvary. By this He taught us the blessing of self being inconvenienced for others’ good. David showed his soldiers how to lose graciously that day in the cave, when he spared Saul’s life. Remember, losing precedes winning. By losing our lives for Christ’s sake, we win.
– James Baer