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Giving Our Lives For Jesus

Matthew 10:39

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

RayMcDYesterday we remembered Martin Luther King Jr. I typically attend a MLK breakfast on that day but had a church member’s funeral service in the morning and a trip to West Virginia for her internment. I did spend some time talking with folks about MLK and his legacy. I also spent some time listening to some of his speeches online. MLK literally gave his life for his cause and his movement – the civil rights movement (he was assassinated on April 4th – 1968 – for his cause).

Others have given their all for their causes. People like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are people who lived their causes to the brink for what they believed. People like Mother Teresa and Florence Nightingale also gave their all for their causes. I’m sure our readers could think of others as well.

It is rare in this day and age for anyone to work at the same job for a couple of decades much less a lifetime – yet there are causes that can encapsulate our total being. In our society – sports figures capture our imagination because of their skill (like Cal Ripken or Ray Lewis or Brooks Robinson). Each of them had a long career – relative to the other players of their era. (Cal played 21 year – Ray 17 years and Brooks 23 years). They played a long time compared to their peers but hardly a lifetime. Each has tried to keep their hand in the sport they love with varying success.

Many spend their lifetime trying to achieve or accomplish goals. Often our goals are self centered – like a bigger home – a nicer car – money to travel – giving our children a better life than we had – etc. There is nothing wrong with trying to succeed – yet today’s passage talks about losing our lives – or spending them – for God.

Today’s passage gives us words from Jesus. Matthew 10:39 – Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Here it is in partial context. Matthew 10:37–39 – 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

I often say that Jesus is after our heart – our attitudes. We can love things and we can love people – but nothing or no one should have more of our heart than Jesus. We should be willing to sacrifice anything and everything to serve Jesus. It is in this context that we hear Jesus’ words – whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Martin Luther King Jr. – Mahatma Gandhi – Nelson Mandela – Mother Teresa – Florence Nightingale – and others like them found something larger than themselves. We look up to them because of this focus outside of themselves – their commitment to serving a greater cause. It is this commitment we are called to have for Jesus – to give our all – even our lives – for Jesus.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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January 17, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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