December 28, 2022

Lose your life

Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. Luke 17:33

Have you ever wondered in your lifetime why certain activities didn’t bring you the satisfaction that you expected it to?  Have you ever thought about why the new job or new home didn’t fill the void that you felt inside?  In today’s reading, Jesus tells us how to find that fulfillment in life that we all seek that some people never find.  It is in losing yourself in Him.

Sometimes life feels like we are chasing after the next big event or new accessory.  Somehow in life many of us have gotten the idea that some material thing or grand experience can fill the emptiness that each person has on the inside.  The problem with that is our Heavenly Father created that spot inside of every person for Him to fill.  That is why when we get that new relationship or new car, it fills the gap for a little while, but the newness quickly wears off leaving you longing for the next new thing.

Thank goodness the Lord’s mercies are renewed every morning and His lovingkindness continues for ever (Lamentations 3:22).  He can bring joy into each day we are alive in this world simply by putting His plans and agenda before your own.  In fact, the verse today says that we must lose our lives in Him so we can find it.  When we put away the things and desires that we think will bring happiness, and instead, seek after who God has in His heart for us to be, we will live a life of total satisfaction.  The reason is because He created us to accomplish the purpose that was in His heart when He made us.

Today I want to encourage you to spend some quiet time with your Heavenly Father before you start your day.  Get alone with Him and ask Him to fill up your heart with the things He made you to accomplish today, this week and your lifetime.  Then make a habit every morning to get your assignment and soon you will be walking out the good mission He created you to do.  Then and only then will you find joy, satisfaction and fulfillment that you never have had before.  Lose your life today so you can find what life is really all about.  Then the Kingdom of heaven will truly be within you.

Today’s scripture reading:  Luke 17:20-37

20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 

21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 

23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. 

24 For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day. 

25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 

26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 

27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 

28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 

29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 

30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

31 “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. 

32 Remember Lot’s wife. 

33 Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 

34 I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. 

35 Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. 

36 Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”

37 And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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