It’s cliche, but in some sense, the thought of losing what we feel we need to gain something actually far greater, may have some legitimate merit.
This is not too difficult for most people to understand if they think of waiting for a gift, or getting rid of an old, scrub boyfriend so that the real Prince Charming can come along.
But is that it?
What if this cliche is really…well, real?
Let’s get spiritual.
Jesus says we must lose our lives.
He says we have to die.
He tell us to give it all away.
That doesn’t sound very tempting.
It’s in no way enticing.
Stopping there, I don’t want to do it. If all I see is the losing I’ll never see what’s next.
He tells us to lose our lives so that we may gain life.
He’s not a jerk that tells us to give up a good thing for no reason.
Lost life equals gained Life.
Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
We gain Him when we lose us.
Losing us means that we aren’t top priority anymore. “Looking out for number 1” isn’t worth it anyway. But it’s good. No more worrying about that weight on your shoulders of trying to keep yourself afloat.
When you lose yourself, the old shell, the carcass, is gone. Real, true breath flows through our lungs. Colors are seen for the first time. You can smell the aroma of life. No more dead scent. No more gray. No more coffin.
The thing is, we die to live, because the self without God is dead anyway.
God is life, and when we turn to Him He comes to life in us.
We lose us, we gain Him. We gain Life.