In today’s Take Five, Kasey Leander talks about Jesus’ controversial statement: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” At first glance, this seems like a difficult paradox: why should we have to face “losing” our life if we want to “find” it?
A similar principle operates all through life: the principle is that purpose involves selflessness.
By contrast, there’s no quicker way to destroy our own happiness than by turning our gaze completely within.
Jesus is saying that no life, no foundation, not even the good things we want to do can satisfy us unless we first come to Him and surrender everything.
Make it Personal
What has been the most difficult thing, personally, to give up in following Christ? Why was it so difficult?
What strikes you as the most substantial difference between this purpose, given to us by Christ, and the purpose for which the world around us tells us to strive?