To Win, You Have To Lose It In God’s Kingdom
Posted: Tuesday, May 22
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
Verse of the Day:
Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity (John 12:25)
TobyMac has a song called, “Lose My Soul.” It’s a classic and a perfect pairing to this devotional if you want to listen to it now or after reading. The song is all about his concern for gaining the whole world but losing his soul. It’s a fun pop song with deep cut lyrics. It speaks truth because if you’re a Christ follower, you probably would say that you want to give God your everything. You want to be selfless, all in for everything that God is calling you to do. But as a human being, that’s far easier said than done.
Jesus tells us in John 12 that if you love your life here on Earth, you’re doing it wrong. Not that Jesus wants you to have a miserable, mopey composition, rather God is a God of joy and fills His believers with that heavenly joy! What Jesus means is that if the here and now is more important than eternal matters, we’ve got it all wrong. If we’re more focused on what we can do to get pleasure in the moment over what will make a more everlasting impact than we need to shift our focus back to Jesus and what His Kingdom is all about.
My two year old daughter is all about the here and the now. She’s only interested in what’s happening in the moment, and if she has to wait, then she’s not content. A few days ago we were going to drive to a nicer park in the area because she really wanted to play at a park for our family day. On the drive, we passed a couple of parks that weren’t as nice, but as we passed each one she would yell, “There’s a park! We can go there!” Again, she was so focused on the here and the now that she couldn’t understand that a better park that she would enjoy far more with way less people is on the way. The same is true for us. We want to spend our money on today’s pleasures, we want to give our time to the things that make us happy now, we want to work for the here and now. Jesus is pleading with us, please do not get so wrapped up in this world and it’s matters because it’s so short and so meaningless. Focus on eternity, worry less on today’s stuff and work towards making a Heavenly impact.