Friday, February 24, 2006

Losing your life to SAVE it

First, I want to apologize for the delay in putting anything on here for a while. Even now, we won't be able to put any pictures on but we hope to be able to do that soon. We have been very busy with settling in the house and continuing with studies, and various other things. We have also been waiting to get the internet in our house. We hope that we will get it soon. I really do not have any idea when we will get it the way it is going now. I know our emailing (sorry to everyone we haven't be able to respond) has been off as well as not being able to send an update thanks to our lack of internet access.
Now here is a thought based on a verse from the Bible that we had a Bible study on today. The passage is Luke 9:23-24-"Then he said to them all, 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever wants to lose his life for me will save it.'" I especially wanted to focus on verse 24 or the second part of the verse listed above. What an amazing thought!!! Whoever wants to save his life will lose it. In thinking about that, one has to realize that our lives are not ours to begin with. All we can do is simply give our back to the One who made us. If we try to hold on to our life on our own, it slips right through our hands. If we give it back to the One who made us and gave it to us, then we gain it. So it is in the topsy turvy, 'world on its' head' Kingdom of God. It just doesn't make sense, naturally or humanly speaking. Another example from this world upside down Kingdom, 'whoever wants to be great must be a servant (Matthew 20:26-28). By giving our lives back to God, He gives them meaning, purpose, and value that we wouldn't be able to give them ourselves. Also, we're not giving our lives back to God on our own...He is the one that gives us the strength to do it. Once we do it, we will never be sorry, because that is when our lives become eternal.

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