Losing Your Life to Gain It
"For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it." Mark 8:35
Have you ever given up something only to get it back later?
At his father's funeral, American Carl Lewis placed his 100-meter gold medal from the 1984 Olympics in his father's hands. "Don't worry," he told his surprised mother. "I'll get you another one."
A year later, in the 100-meter final at the 1988 games, Lewis was competing against Canadian world-record holder Ben Johnson. Halfway through the race, Johnson was five feet in front. Lewis was convinced that he could catch him. But at 80 meters, he was still five feet behind. "It's over dad", Lewis thought. As Johnson crossed the finish, he stared back at Lewis and thrust his right arm in the air, index finger extended. Lewis was exasperated. He had noticed Johnson's bulging muscles and yellow-tinged eyes, both indications of steroid use.
"I didn't have the medal, but I could still give to my father by acting with class and dignity," Lewis said later. He shook Johnson's hand and left the track. But then came the announcement that Johnson had tested positive for anabolic steroids. He was stripped of his medal. The gold went to Lewis, a replacement for the medal he had given to his father.
You might be tempted at times to despair, wondering why you can't get ahead. "As I serve God, I seem to get behind." Do not trouble your hearts with such thoughts, for God will restore and increase what you have given up for Him. In fact, as you serve Him in this life, you will receive His joy, presence, and other blessings unknown to the world. And He will even take care of your physical needs, too. (Matthew 6:33).
Giving up things for God is not a bad investment. It's the only wise investment known to man.
Posted on Tue, August 23, 2011
by Sam Petitfils