Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
(Acts 20:24 (NIV))

Do you value your life? Is it something that you are willing to give up for what you believe in? All throughout history, people have willingly given up their lives for something they believe in. People have been willing to die for their country, their family, and their friends. We, as believers in Jesus Christ, have quite a unique situation presented to us.

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

If we are willing to lose our life for Jesus, then we will gain eternal life for what we believe in. If we claim and proclaim the name of Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, then when we finish the race, we will be awarded with the ultimate prize! We will walk the streets of gold!

Perhaps, we should even look upon this from a slightly different perspective. Our life is ours. Human nature tries to say that we are lord and master of our own lives. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Master, we lose our lives because they are no longer ours. They belong to Jesus. With this in mind, it is possible to lose your life by giving it over to Jesus. It is also possible to lose your life after accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior through the adversity of persecution. In both situations, we have willingly given over our lives to the control of someone besides ourself. In essence, we have “lost” our life.

If we face adversity and even death for what we believe in, then Paul put it best.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
(Philippians 1:21)

What is your gain?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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