Do you feel like you want more out of your Christian life?
You’re at the end of the line ready to give up because it doesn’t seem to be all you thought it would be. There hasn’t really been any difference in your life since you made the decision to follow Christ.
You ask now what?
What can I do? What do I do? Is there even anything I can do? Is there something I haven’t tried?
You might think I’m crazy but that’s exactly why I’m suggesting you do this.
I know this sounds counterintuitive. It seems to make more sense to say if you want more add more or if you’re feeling empty and lonely than go out there and try to grab as much of this life and what it has to offer as you can.
But Jesus says that in order to find life you will need to lose life.
Losing to Gain
Matthew 16:25 (NIV) For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
That might sound crazy but the reality is that you lose either way. The difference is that one choice leads to a much greater loss.
If you keep your life you will more than likely get to enjoy your life and many of the pleasures that God’s creations offer but you will forfeit the creator Himself. And in the end, all that you thought you owned will wither away.
If you forfeit your life in exchange for Jesus you gain it all. You get God, the one who created you and the only one who can truly satisfy you. Your heart will find satisfaction like never before because it has found what it was missing.
But then you also get to experience all of His blessings as well. All those things that you thought you needed in order to be happy are still there and you can still enjoy them in a healthy way.
You no longer need them to survive or thrive. If you have them you enjoy them but if tomorrow they disappear you are firmly grounded because your hope and joy were not dependent on those things.
You can confidently echo Paul’s words in Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Join the club
Do you really want to get the most out of your Christian life? If you’re ready then join the losers club.
Losers club: Our goal is to lose everything in order to gain everything. We forfeit all that this world has to offer so that we may gain Christ. Indeed, we count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord. For his sake we have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that we may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of our own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that we may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, ( substituted I for we and my for our) (Philippians 3:8-10 ESV)
Those who have joined in the past have learned that life is not found in anything that the world has to offer. Experience has shown them that anything in this world has a start and end date- an expiration date if you will. It will all disappear one day. So they invest and pour themselves into what will last forever.
Welcome to the losers club where less is more. We choose less of “me” in order to get more of Jesus (John 3:30).
But we understand that to join the losers club is in reality to join the club that gets it all. We lose and forfeit the gaining of temporary things to gain eternal things. We know that He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose -Jim Elliot
I hope you’ll join.