Losing is Saving
Our text is from Mark 8:35. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
The picture is a ram that was offered up instead of Abraham’s son.
In Genesis 22 God told Abraham to sacrifice his son to the Lord. In doing so God stopped Abraham just as he was going to slay his son and God provided a substitute offering, a ram. As a result, Abraham got his son back because he was willing to give his all for the Lord. He was willing to lose and in return he gained and saved.
When we think of saving we usually think of it in a positive way, however, when it comes to spiritual things many times it is the opposite of what we would normally think. For instance, if you give all, though it may not be much, it is considered more than those that give out of their abundance.
Having the right spirit and a want to is more value than doing great things without the right attitude. Saying “No” to the Lord and then repenting and saying “Yes” is more valuable than saying “Yes” and not following through. Having spiritual riches is more valuable than silver or gold.
So is the way of losing your life for Christ. Letting His will be done through you is better than you doing what you want, when you want, and how you want to do it, even if it is some act of greatness.
Noah lost the world by obeying the Lord and as a result he got the whole world back.
The apostle Peter asked the question about following the Lord and what he would get out of it. The Lord replied that he would receive an hundred fold in this life and everlasting life in the world to come.
So when it comes to spiritual things losing is saving and saving is losing.
If you want the Lord to bless and exalt you, you must humble yourself and get down on your knees. That is, the way up is down and the way down is up.
May God give you the courage to lose for God.
Losing is saving and saving is losing.