KEY SCRIPTURE: John 12:24-25 ” Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal”.
The Lord Jesus spoke in verse 25 of our key scripture that “He that loves his life shall lose it, but he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal”. In this scripture the Lord taught us about true self-preservation.
The world and its secular thinking teaches us to protect what we have and keep our lives. The love for self and the craze to secure it has led men to act in ways that has opposed God’s way. Indeed the love for self-according to the bible is the cause of so much problems in our world these last days. (2nd Timothy 3:1, 2) There would be perilous times in the last days, because men shall be lovers of themselves.
The Lord in that scripture (John 12:25) meant, if a man would tend the control of his life into the hands of God, he would live a very meaningful and very productive life, but when the man is scared about turning his life into God’s hands then he would lose it. In Matthew 14:15-21, the bible narrated the story of the multiplication of bread to feed the multitudes. What would have happened if this boy had feared to keep his bread and fishes. There would have been no multiplication of bread. The boy was not afraid about losing those loaves. He gave them over to the Lord. He went home with a basket full of fishes and loaves.
The best way to preserve your life is to turn it over unto the Lord. To turn your life over to the Lord means you must love and appreciate His interests, His ways against your personal ambitions, choices and views. He said you must hate yourself. He was not talking about doing harm to yourself but choose his way over yours. A life given to the Lord is infused with divine life.
Apostle Paul remarked in Philippians 1:21 that “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. This philosophy of Paul made his life experience an outstanding one. He lived in joy, overcame the devil and has affected many generations with his experiences and teachings. He loved the Lord and hated his life, so he preserved his life.
To be truly living is to live for Jesus and not for yourself. I am living for Jesus and so my life is exceedingly fruitful and successful.
Matthew 16:24-25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
2 Timothy 3:1-2 ” This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy”,
Prayer Point: in the name of Jesus I offer my life as an instrument for His absolute use for His glory.