A Thought for Today April 7, 2019

A Thought for Today April 7, 2019

“A Gain that Becomes a Loss”
 
This may sound like I am talking out both sides of my mouth.
This thought is not something I am making up.
It comes from the Word of God.
 
You are invited to read the following verses.
 
Luke 9:18-27
18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
 
19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”
 
20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
 
21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.
22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
 
23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
 
25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
 
27 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
 
Now, this does not mean one goes out and tries to end their life.
 
It does mean, when we live for self, we may not find ourselves in heaven for eternity.
 
When we live for Christ, we allow Him to make the needed changes in our lives.
 
Remember what Jim Elliot wrote before he was killed for his faith: “He is no fool who loses what he cannot keep (his life) to gain what he cannot lose” (Eternal life with the Lord God.)
 
May we all follow this Godly advice.

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