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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Finding Life"

Date published: 02/19/2011

Matthew 10:39 “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (NIV)

What greater human need is there than to find your life – to know who you are, the community of people you thrive with, find the job that satisfies, and your purpose both personally and spiritually.  Jesus’ direction for finding life is a paradox – you can only find it by losing it!  You lose your life by exchanging everything that you are and have for Jesus Christ.   Luke 9:23 says, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”  Losing yourself often occurs with a single commitment, but practically speaking it is a lifelong endeavor of continually giving up every aspect of your life to the Lordship of Christ.  It would be nice if it was a single plunge into full Lordship, but the complexities of life will constantly challenge your Lordship commitment.  Relationships, habits, interests, vocational requirements, and activities will all demand control of you.  The subtle demands that the world makes will constantly try to draw you out of the Lordship of Christ into being a slave of the world.  2 Peter 2:19 says, “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity — for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” The battle for your affections is initially resolved with your affirmation of totally submitting yourself to the Lordship of Christ, but must be affirmed continually as elements of the world compete for your affection.  You lose your life in Christ daily by walking with Him, knowing Him, and hearing His Word in your life.  Starting each day with Bible reading and prayer will equip and sharpen your spiritual senses and direction to live an abandoned life in Christ so that you can experience life in its fullest!

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.” (NIV)