2 Minute Drill Devotional

Losing it All

By KaRon Coleman Sr.  11/14/2019

Luke 9: 23-25   And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, he is the one who will save it. “For what is a man if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”

 

Mathematically, the only way to see a positive gain in an equation happens when mathematical components breed a positive effect. Whether addition or multiplication, these positive components should leave you with something extra. However, in Jesus very own words he calls the equation of gain into question. Matter of fact He says just the opposite, to get a gain there must be a subtraction. Notice this, there is only one subtraction equation that will do though. Losing ourselves in Jesus Christ means that we actually save ourselves. From what is the question? A life apart from God, and a life lived without meaning/purpose. The quest for life today seems to revolve around how much we can actually provide for ourselves. Self-sufficiency, other than when people play a role in making me happy is where I find my life in this world? Don’t need anybody but myself and my self-derived philosophy of life. Relationships, jobs, money, cars, the affection of the world, the church, and more are here to serve me and my purposes! This is the roadblock in becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. You must deny yourself; this command is where people frankly just say the cost is too high. Unbelievers can’t put their trust in Jesus Christ because they have become their own god. Salvation comes through what makes me happy instead of Jesus Christ…after all doesn’t God want me to be happy! For believers, they don’t question the truth of God’s Word, they question whether or not it still applies to them or not. Selfishness keeps us away from God! This is right down to the core of Christianity; a Christ follower is in active pursuit of the things of God. He leads and I follow right? No, because self-confessed Christians have given up on God’s Kingdom Agenda. Christians give up on following Christ and now make newly negotiated rules of engagement with God…their rules fit to their liking. No tithing, no holiness, no going to church, no more waiting until marriage, no raising Godly children, no righteousness, no study, no commitment…but I still love or believe in God! Truth hurts, but the reality is we don’t really want to lose it all. We want to have our hands full with everything we can hold on to and smile at the same time while saying God bless you. This version of Christianity costs us nothing, and that is exactly what type of fruit is being yielded in our lives. Today it is so hard to do something for God, who would have ever thought just going to church on Sunday would be a sacrifice. It’s my day, I don’t want to get up, I have this to do…my response is this “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself”! At the end of the day I believe we must all deal with one question, is my obedience optional? You cannot say I’m not giving up on God, just His people and the churches they go too. I’m very sorry for the pain you’ve experienced in the church if that is your story, but you have no say when it comes to God’s Timing. I guarantee that God intended your trials for good, and those trials will create life when lived through the life of Jesus Christ.