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Troy Dellinger
by on July 18, 2022
Jesus said whoever loses their life will find it:
Matthew 16:25
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
King James Version (KJV)
This is not talking about literally losing your life in the sense of suicide, what Jesus means is that if you're life is in order and you love your life, and you live in comfort and luxury in the temporal pleasures of this life you'll lose it but if you give it up for Jesus Christ and surrender your life to Him and your life is chaos and you go through suffering and affliction for His sake then you'll find it. Which means you'll have Eternal life.
Jesus said in order to be His disciple you must deny yourself and take up your cross daily. If you don't live in self denial, and bear your cross then you're not a true Christian. Following Jesus means that we must endure trial and tribulation and hate life and live the life that Jesus lived:
Luke 14:26
King James Version
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
This text does not literally mean to hate your family but hate them to Jesus by comparison, meaning that Jesus has to come before even our own families even if that means sometimes we need to be in disharmony with family and be persecuted.
Hating life doesn't literally mean we need to hate life itself in the sense that want to die but hating life means that we hate the things of life and we want no part with temporal pleasures, cares, and lusts of this world and all its luxuries but rather instead we choose to live a life in accordance with the will of life and not live for the things of this world with greed, money, corruption, and self indulgence. Living in the will of God means that we live a life of self discipline and sacrifice, and live in selflessness and put God and others before ourselves because we love God and want to please Him and put Him before everything else including our agendas, plans, ambitions, even before our own families before everyone and everything.
When we truly hate life and give up our lives for Jesus Christ as Lord and surrender our whole lives to do His will we will truly find freedom and joy. We may endure through much suffering but we will have peace and spiritual rest.
If you love life and your life is in order and you have everything going right and you don't endure persecution and affliction but you live for yourself and the temporal pleasures of this life then you lose it which means you'll lose your soul and go to hell for eternity. You may have a nice car, a nice job, a nice family, and a lot of money but those are just temporal things and what does it profit you if you spend an eternity in hell afterwards?
Jesus said what does profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? On Judgment Day those that lived in comfort will be in hell and eternal misery and those that lived in suffering and self denial will be in heaven and everlasting joy and peace.
The Bible says they loved not their lives to death. Death is referring to the second death, which is the lake of fire:
So if you're living for yourself repent today, deny yourself and take up your cross and follow the one who loved you enough to sacrifice Himself and die for you.
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