“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul?”

Your LOSS or your GAIN?

Jesus’ teaching flips our worldview upside down. People are constantly trying to find fulfillment through success at work, sports, school, and relationships. Yet Jesus says to find our lives, we must lose them. (Matt 10:39)

Jesus was born into this world with a mission to go and lose! Or at least that is what it would look like to people if they only looked through human eyes. They would see a man claiming to be the Messiah — God in the flesh, but who was humiliated and defeated — killed on a cross. However that is not actually what happened! What was really happening was Jesus understood that it is more blessed to give than to receive, to lose so others can win, to die so that we could have eternal life. He was on a mission to serve and not to be served, and to die rather than to cling to life for himself.

So if our King and our Messiah was on such a mission– shouldn’t we live the same way? Giving can seem like losing, especially when someone does not reciprocate. Jesus said not to throw a party for “your friends, your brothers, or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.” (Luke 14:12) That word repaid is huge here! Jesus encourages us to give without any expectation of being “repaid.” That might feel a lot like losing. However Jesus reminds us that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and that a life of truly giving is the most fulfilling life of all.

Satan, our enemy has spoken the lie from the beginning, that if you live life God’s way you will lose. And there is nothing further from the truth! What seems to be a loss will actually be a gain! On the contrary Proverbs 16:25 says “there is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death!” Jesus’ upside down theology is the greatest news of all time.

 

Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com