Whoever Loses His Life for My Sake will Find It
Here they are, finally! Some of the most controversial words our Lord ever spoke: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.” In the Bible, the word “sword” is often used in reference to the Word of God. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb 4:12). The word of God cuts through the chase. It divides men. Either I am for the Lord or I am against Him. Either “Thy Will be done” or “My will be done.” The consequences will determine how I live eternity.
Christ came into the world to liberate it! He is the eminent fighter. He is not warm and fuzzy; always with a smile on his face. He is not a pussy cat. He is a Lion, an untamed lion, like Aslan. Whoever loves anything or anyone above the All-Powerful One is not worthy of anything! Christ came into the world to set us free from sin, and paid the ultimate price for our rebellion. This is no G-rated movie. This is rated R, or “Restricted”, for those not passionately in love with the Lord.
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me…whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” According to Matthew, Jesus spoke these words only to his Apostles. What I admire most about the Lord is that he had no interest in sugarcoating the mission or making it more appealing. From the very beginning no weak men were allowed. Only the toughest were called to follow. You didn’t sign up. You were called. Christ did well, setting the bar high and expecting to lose a few on the way for he knew, from the very beginning, that the mission would be tough; the toll, costly, and yet, he predicted the yield would be abundant. He was right! No one can serve two masters. It’s either/or.
The greatest show on earth is a Christian on fire for the Lord - literally.
The Roman emperor Nero enjoyed crucifying Christians, dipping them in tar and lighting them on fire in front of enormous crowds of spectators. He would then yell at the Christians, mocking them, saying, “Now, you are truly the light of the world.” Little did he realize the impact these holy men and women would have on their audience. The spectators observed them more than the entertainment they had purchased. Their eyes were fixed on those who were willing to lose their lives but not the reward. This is the Way it all came to an end. This is the Truth on how Christians conquered and divided an evil empire. This is the Life we are all called to live.