LIVING PARADOXICALLY

Journal Entry by Jared Lawson

S – Scripture: Luke 9:23-24 (ESV)
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

O - Observation
When I read this passage of scripture a question came to mind - how do I lose my life? What does that look like? 

As I thought about it most of my self-focussed living (living to save my life) is based in a search for meaning, control and security. It is based in a fear that God isn’t good for the promises he’s given through his word. However, this passage says that I need to live a life that denies myself and my efforts to save my life. What is freeing is that as I choose to deny myself I know that God will take care of me - both in life and in death.

A - Application
What has always shocked me when reading the word is how much God tells us that if we take care of others, especially the poor, we are taking care of him (Proverbs 19:17, Matthew 25:40, Mark 9:37). When we lose our life for God, we lose it for the present and eternal cause of others. This may look like losing: time, finances, energy, career advancement or even your present life on earth. This is a scary concept but the comfort lies in knowing that God tells us that as we lose our life we save it.

P - Prayer
Heavenly Father, I thank you that you are the God that cares for everyone. You know what our world needs. Help us, through you, to be the solution to the problems of this world as we lean on your promises. May we be a self-denying people and remember that as we take care of others, we take care of you. In Jesus name, Amen.