If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it (Mark 8:35).
While living in this world everyone of us expect a kind of security for the life we live. We seek a security from all the harm that commonly comes to us. But can anyone got success in saving their life on this earth? The answer can be “NO”, because our life on this earth is filled with troubles. Even Bible says this that in our life troubles come (John 16:33), but who will overcome this trouble filled life? Again Bible says, those who are in Christ will overcome this (1 John 5:5). At the end it is the one who believes in Christ will overcome this world. This victory only comes from Jesus for He had already overcome this world. When we are in Him we will share the victory of Jesus Christ over this life. The important thing in this is that how close we are to God.
Jesus Christ when in this world He said to his disciples that those whoever give up their life for Him and for the sake of gospel, they will save their life. Though we call ourselves the followers of Christ, but we should understand what exactly the meaning following Christ is. The moment we come to Him, we will not be living in us, but Christ should be living in us. Apostle Paul says, I am crucified with Christ, no longer I live, but Christ (Galatians 2:20). Let this be our confession. The very reason that Jesus was crucified is to show His love towards the world. Likewise we will not be living in us, but Jesus should live in us. To save our life we must be ready to lose ourselves first from us. It is hard for us to lose ourselves, but it is possible with God (Matthew 19:26). Jesus says we cannot be happy, unless we are giving our life away to work for God. We were made something greater than ourselves for an assignment. We always want a significant role in the world, but significance will not come by what we do, but by the service that we offer for God.
The world recognizes us what we are working on, but God recognizes us how we are working on. Bible says, God is different from the world, for the world looks at the outer appearance, but God sees the inward, that is our heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Two years ago on this day, I have started this ministry Jehovah Rapha Ministries; there were many questions about the formation of this ministry. How this is formed? Who will work in this? The answers for all the questions about this ministry are from the Word of God. Through God’s mercy we have this ministry (2 Corinthians 4:1). People suggested me that I will waste my time and I may lose many things, but my confidence is outwardly I may waste away, but inwardly I am renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). The things that I may lose because of this work, they have come to me after I am existed on this earth, means they all are secondary when compared to my life that is given by God. If I really want to save my life, I should get ready to give up forsake of my Savior who saved me from the death. Apostle Paul said, it will be a gain if I die for Christ (Philippians 1:21). If I suffer for doing good, I endure it (1 Peter 2:20). The God who has started a good work in my life with this ministry, will He not carry it till the completion, Yes, He will do this for He is able. If I try to please the people of this world and expect their praises what is difference in me and others, I should wait for His appraisal, when God will say, “WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT”.
GOD BLESS YOU