We are continuing our Foundations series, where we examine how our foundation of faith impacts the details of our living, and would love for you to share these devotionals with your friends if it impacted you.
“. . . whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25
The Christian landscape is strewn with the wreckage of deserted, half-built towers, decayed dreams of those who began a good work, but didn’t finish. Today, too many disregard Christ’s warning of beginning without first counting the cost. The result is this great scandal called nominal Christianity. Service gives a thin veneer of faith. Many Christians are a little bit involved, enough to be respectable, but not enough to be uncomfortable. Christianity becomes a soft pillow. It protects them from the unpleasantness of life, while enabling them to change the shape of their belief to suit personal convenience and preference.
The message of Jesus is at odds with comfortable Christianity. It’s a far cry from self- styled Christianity. Jesus never lowered His standards or changed the requirements to make it easier and more palatable for anyone. He asked His first followers, and He asked every other follower since, to give a thoughtful and total commitment, nothing more, nothing less.
Many have a fear that they are committing to a life of less, forgetting that Jesus came to have life and have it to the full. To serve Him is perfect freedom.
Of course, there are losses; we lose sin, self-centeredness, self-indulgence. To live for ourselves is insanity, by doing so we sabotage our destiny. Gaining the presence of Christ is far greater than any loss we incur. By losing ourselves in Christ we actually find ourselves. Self-denial is self-discovery. When we lose ourselves in service to God and others, we begin to find ourselves.
We find we are not powerless. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Through service we stop society from deteriorating, we influence standards and impact others. We find that in Jesus Christ is the secret of peace, of personal relationships, of serving others. The best contribution anyone can make in this chaotic world, where many feel helpless and tangled in the trivia, is live a truly Christ-centered life, serve others and radiate the character of Christ.