READ : John 12:20-32
If you give [your life] up in this world, you will be given eternal life. (v. 25 CEV)
An oxymoron is a seeming contradiction, like “jumbo shrimp” or “clean dirt.” When Jesus
says that in order to gain life we must first give up our lives (see Matt. 10:39, 16:25;
Luke 17:33), it sounds like an oxymoron. But it’s no contradiction. We lose our lives by
surrendering all we are and all we have to him. But only through this surrender will we be
able to live in obedience and service to him, finding true life and freedom here and now,
and for all eternity. Matthew Henry said it best: “A true disciple of Christ is one that
follows him in duty, and shall follow him to glory.”
We must realize that everyone will surrender someday. We can either surrender
willingly, through our love for Christ, or we will be forced to when “every knee shall
bow” to him in the end.
But surrender to Christ isn’t something we just say once. It’s an ongoing thing. We
need to live out a surrendered life: continually saying “No” to self and “Yes” to God. In
order to do this, we may have to surrender daily in areas where we struggle most. As we
lay down our lives cheerfully for Jesus’ sake and let go of our worldly advantages, we
discover real life, the best life we can imagine, and one that will last.
Father, we thank you that in you is true life.