Losing Life for a Just Cause

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Jesus Christ mentions that if we want to have eternal life, we must lose our present physical existence. We can learn to live a spiritual life by focusing less on getting what we want and more on the power of God.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”

--Matthew 16: 24-25

 

Most Christians are familiar with this passage, but while it sounds simple enough, there's a lot more meaning than words. For one thing, the life of a Christian is a constant battle of good versus evil. Though it's not fashionable to believe in the existence of a devil, he is real. He hopes to destroy everything God has created. That includes man.

Ezekiel 28:15 refers to the devil, known as Lucifer, as rebelling against God. "You were perfect in the ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you." We know how Lucifer, the greatest of the three archangels, thought he was better than his creator. Isaiah 14:14 refers to his attempt to overthrow God. But he was cast down as it states in Revelation 12:9. The devil we know as Satan was thrown down to the Earth, along with his demonic angels. This passage implies that the devil is at work on the same globe that human beings occupy. Wasn't there any other place where God could have cast the devil out other than the world we live on?

Perhaps so. But these passages indicate that the devil was given dominion over the Earth. It was given to him to rule, maybe to train humanity in the laws of God. But since he rebelled, he intends to destroy any works made by his creator.

It's hard to imagine that the world we occupy is under the sway of the devil. In 2 Corinthians, it states that “the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ “ --Berean Study Bible.

What can we infer from these passages?

Humanity is under the sway of Satan and thereby sinners along with him against God. Christ came to redeem man from sin. He came to show the way to happiness and peace. We can see how the above statement by Christ makes sense. If we follow the god of this world, we'll walk on the path to destruction as Satan opposes anything God created. If we follow him, we will have no hope for salvation. That is why we should live more like Christ as He set the example for us. Sadly, the influence of the devil is far too powerful for us alone to defy him. But Christ makes it understandable that we are not alone. His blood made it possible or us to have personal contact with Him. He shows that if we trust Him, He will give us the tools to challenge Satan. We need first to focus on the potential we possess to become god beings. We can become spiritual beings in a family God is creating, as stated in Matthew 6:33 “...seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

In our materialistic world, it's not easy to direct our focus where it's most important. But we must remember that God is not so weak that he can't thwart the devil. Further study reveals that the devil will ultimately fail in his intention to destroy all humanity. He will eventually be cast down, as is promised in scripture. He will see all his handiwork destroyed once Christ establishes His kingdom through a thousand years and beyond.

The meaning is clear. We should be focused more on obeying spiritual principles than pursue physical pursuits as wealth creation or scramble for power and fame. The search for physical substance is, at best, only temporary. Anything physical deteriorates and loses its value. Even the Buddha recognized this truth. Yet many people continue to run after things that provide no happiness. This world is materialistic. It dangles fame and fortune as the only reason for living. No matter how much effort we expend for peace and security, we will never achieve the goals we seek. Ecclesiastes 2:11 says, "Then I looked at the works my hands had done, and on the labor on which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for wind. There was no profit under the sun." These words were penned by King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived.

Despite this, the world continues to struggle for what it believes will create a perfect society. When we learn to focus on the only thing that counts, it's on living a genuinely spiritual life, the kind of life Christ lived. Happiness comes from living a spiritual life, one that follows the rules God laid down for everyone. Those rules and the Ten Commandments are just as applicable to our modern age as they were during Moses' time.

 


Submitted: June 04, 2020

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LE. Berry

Thoughtful piece Mario. And I agree that materialism can hinder the way of the spirit...but the notion of Jesus 'losing his life' for others to be saved is a horrific notion... and in my opinion it is far less than spiritual...

Fri, June 5th, 2020 8:55pm

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