Years before going to Ecuador, Jim had written in his diary some intriguing words. He wrote, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." That's a powerful statement. It is not foolish to give up this life (which can't be kept) to gain a life that can't be lost (eternal life). Whatever we have to do in this life to obtain eternal life is certainly worth it.
Jesus stated it in even stronger terms. Not only is it not foolish to give up this life to obtain eternal life, it's necessary. Listen to how the writer Luke reports it:
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. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?" (Luke 9:23-25)
Jesus said that the only way to save our life is to lose it. That is, the only way to obtain eternal life is to let go of this life. We have to be willing to turn our back on all this world offers.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Don't spend so much time focused on a life that can't be kept that you miss out on the life that can't be lost. Want to know more? Write to me at email@example.com or leave a comment on our HopeforLife.org blog.
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