Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. – Matthew 16:24-25

The Bible is filled with paradoxes. The wisdom of losing your life only makes sense when you realize that there is another life to be gained. But that new life only comes when we first suffer the loss of giving up what we hold dear. Part of the dilemma is that we have to give up the familiar with no sense of what the new holds. This requires an action that engages our heart, mind and soul. And that is when the Lord can use us the most. To lose our life positions us to walk by faith, and that is the path that God has made us for since the Garden of Eden.

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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