If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
—Matthew 16:25 (NLT)
What is the most essential thing in your life? What do your hang on to afraid that you will lose it? Is it something you have or a relationship? If you try to hang on to your life, Jesus said, you will lose it. If your relationships or what you possess are more important than your relationship with Jesus, you will lose intimacy with Him. Your understanding of who you are in Christ will fall away. You will lose your life to what you desire instead of having a close relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be,” Jesus also said. What do you treasure? If it is a person, then your desires about that relationship are foremost in your mind. If it is something you want, then the excitement of ownership outweighs any obstacle. Whatever your treasure becomes the desire of your heart. If you hang on to the way you envision your life, you will lose the adventure of living for Christ. But if your treasure is your relationship with Jesus, then the desire of your heart is what He desires for you.
If you give up your life for His sake, you will save it. Giving up your life for Him is all about priorities. Jesus put you first when He took your sin to the Cross. You were and are His priority. Is He yours, or do other relationships or desires or things get in the way?
If you hang on, you lose. If you give up, you find. These paradoxes are real in Christ. Letting go and allowing God to lead your life, promises intimacy with Him. Putting Christ first will save you from the ultimate bitterness of a self-focused life.
Joy becomes real when you realize how much Jesus treasured you. Your desire to cherish Him springs from your understanding of what He has given you on Calvary. Learn who He says you are. Know what it means to be His. You are the desire of His heart. He longs to be the desire of yours.
©2020 Lynn Lacher