I don’t think anyone wants to lose. We want first place, we want to be the head honcho, we want to “Thank the Academy” for our Oscar and we want 151 “likes” on our face book post. What if I told you that God’s desire for us is to lose?
Jesus told His Disciples in Matthew 16:24-26 “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul. Jesus spells it out quite simply. We must be willing to lose it all, including our physical life for His sake. A true follower of His will be a Loser.
So, why would Jesus want us to be a Loser? Because the process of becoming a Loser allows us to empty ourselves and then He begins to fill us back up again. He replaces our selfishness with selflessness. He replaces our pride with humility. He replaces our greed with generosity. He replaces our vengeance with forgiveness. He replaces our physical death with eternal life. When we lose our life for Jesus’ sake then, we actually find it.
After Jesus told His Disciples about losing their life, He then follows it up in Matthew 16:27 by saying, “For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” We win!
Matthew Henry said it best; “Though many have been losers for Christ, even of life itself, yet never any one was, or will be, a loser by him in the end. The loss of other comforts, for Christ, may possibly be made up in this world; the loss of life cannot, but it shall be made up in the other world, in an eternal life; the believing prospect of which hath been the great support of suffering saints in all ages. An assurance of the life they should find, in lieu of the life they hazarded, hath enabled them to triumph over death in all its terrors; “The loss of the soul is so great a loss, that the gain of the whole world will not countervail it, or make it up. He that loses his soul, though it be to gain the world, makes a very bad bargain for himself, and will sit down at last an unspeakable loser. When he comes to balance the account, and to compare profit and loss, he will find that, instead of the advantage he promised himself, he is ruined to all intents and purposes, is irreparably broken.”
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.