Finding Life and Losing It

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 10:26-33, 39

What a mystifying text! Verse 39: “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.”

My college glee club used to sing, “I love life, and I want to live!” (Significantly, soon most of us were immersed in the battles of World War II.)

Where do we find life? What path do we take? In reality there are only two paths, the road of “the flesh” and the road of “the spirit.” A “low road” and a “high road.”

A television program still being shown in reruns declares, “This Is Your Life!” But what is your life? If it centers upon this world’s pleasures, its material and social accomplishments, its sordid evils, it will be lost. Such a life cannot last nor can it satisfy.

That kind of life we are called upon to “lose.” It must be “crucified with Christ.” Once having “lost” it through our acts of repentance and faith, we “find” a higher significant, spiritual, and everlasting life in Him. It is a life of mounting holiness, of receding fears, of increasing joy. It does not tremble at death for this new life cannot die. Have you lost your old life and found eternity in Him?


Dear God, help me to take a good look at the way I live. I confess my sins. Reassure me of my pardon and of my life everlasting. In Jesus’ name. Amen.