Matthew 16:25 “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
How many times have we heard “It is not whether you win or lose but how you play the game?” YUCK! I like winning….don’t you?
I was searching for “me” all of my life. After all of the struggling I went through, I finally knew that IF, and that was a mighty big IF, there was a God who was really real, I was going to have to find Him. Have you ever felt that way- that something was going to have to give? Have you felt that running and hiding under the covers just wasn’t going to cut the mustard anymore? Do you feel you have nowhere else to hide? Have you run so hard you have run right smack dab into yourself, only to find that you do not like what you have become? That is where I met God.
When I read the above scripture, I kept pondering it over and over in my head. What did it mean to lose your life to Jesus? Was I going to have to die now or something? I had no idea. The thought of dying was not one that I readily wanted to think about so I just conveniently shoved that thought right out of my head! Miss Scarlett was going to address that thought later, much later! I just thought it meant going to church or reading the Bible. I had no clue. I mean, I would pray with Billy Graham when he would be on TV and do this right in front of my family. That was a major deal!
What exactly is Jesus talking about when He says that we have to lose our life in order to find it? How do you lose your life while you are still alive?
I figured that there was an answer somewhere in the Bible. I was going to have to just believe what Jesus said IF I was going to find my life. I loved mysteries when I was young. Sherlock Holmes was always very intriguing to me. I was just going to have to put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and as for the pipe…well, would cigarettes do? (I loved cigarettes!)
When I first started on the road with Jesus as an adult, (outward demonstration only, mind you!) and I mean diligently started going for the gold and trying to cross the finish line, I discovered that my usual way of “doing life” was not going to work. Whew! I had a hard time.
Isaiah 55: 8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Are they ever! IF you really want to find your life right here and right now on earth, it is going to cost you something. It will not be funny; it will not be easy and you will be ridiculed. BUT, The Good News is that YOU WILL find your life. You will find peace.
Philippians 4:7... and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
I looked for love in all the wrong places. I looked for everything in all of the wrong places and faces. The answer was there all the time but I had to be the one to seek it out. I remember when I would count the days that I was diligent about reading the Word, listening to Kenneth Copeland on TV and praying. At first, I was so proud of myself! Then all of a sudden, one day, I just stopped counting. I knew I would be doing this for the rest of my life. It was the first time that I ever did anything consistently, diligently, earnestly and because I just loved Jesus. I wanted the life HE wanted for me. I didn’t do it to get anything, to manipulate anyone, to change anyone or to have it MY way…it was all about seeking His face and His ways of doing life.
By doing this, I lost myself. He became FIRST, NUMERO UNO, THE BIG KAHUNA! But, that is one of the secret keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. By faith I entered into this Kingdom…His kingdom.
So…to win with God you have to lose, cause if you don’t, you won’t win... Remember, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts…they are upside down. I don’t know about you but I have become the biggest loser I know… and I won the biggest prize of all.