August 30

Lose to Gain?

by Catie Seip


I find it interesting that all four gospels have some variation of this statement, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Matthew 16:25 puts it this way, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,  but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” All of the authors must have believed this was imperative to the life of a believer.

Have you ever read a verse or story and suddenly you see it in a new light that gives it new meaning? That’s the beauty of scripture; God continues to reveal things even through the same text throughout various seasons in our life. This verse is one of those for me.
While in college, I took the summer off to go on a month-long mission trip to Ghana, Africa. The summer off turned into a year because God turned my world upside-down. I was so concerned about staying on track and graduating on time that I almost missed the beautiful adventure and work that God wanted to do through me and in me. After that summer, I understood what Jesus meant when He said, “if you lose your life for my sake, you’ll find it.” You might be thinking, “I don’t like the sound of losing my life…I like my life the way it is.” Whatever you’re holding onto is nothing compared to the freedom, joy and peace that Jesus has to offer. So, the question isn’t what do you have to lose, but what will you gain through life in Christ?

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