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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Save Yourself"

Date published: 06/06/2016
 
Mark 8:35 “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the gospel will save it.” (NIV) 

   The Christian life is paradoxical to how you live every other part of your life. In all of life you live to win, to do your best, and to get ahead. In the Christian life you live for Christ, the Gospel, Biblical truths, and to be a conduit for others coming to know Christ. Our world says “my” interests come first, while Jesus says the interests of others come first. Our world says your net worth determines your success; Jesus says Godly character marks your love for God. Our world says winning and getting ahead is everything, while Jesus said the first will be last. 

   If you want a full life in Christ, you must lose your life. There are three reflections of the heart that contribute greatly to losing your life for Christ: 1) Your love and devotion to God must consistently grow as you walk with Christ. The activities of your life will be consumed by the work of the Holy Spirit as your passion for Christ grows. Paul showed this in his life in Philippians 3:8 “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ.” (NIV) 2) Your love and compassion for others will overshadow your love for yourself. Your empathy for others will not only grow, but will also increasingly put others’ needs before your own. Paul described this in 1 Corinthians 10:24 “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” (NIV) 3) Your pursuit of money, things, position, and stature will diminish. The treasures of this world will become progressively unimportant, while the things of God will become a burning fire in your heart. Matthew 16:25-26 shows the tradeoff of the world for God, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (NIV) 

   In Luke 14:33 Jesus gives the ultimate condition of being a follower of Christ, “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.” (NIV) What is your call to action from this teaching?  

Luke 18:29-30 “‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus said to them, ‘no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.’” (NIV) 

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