Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 15:10-21
Morning Psalms: Psalms 6, 12
New Testament: Philippians 3:15-21
Gospel: John 12:20-26
Evening Psalms: Psalms 94

DEVOTIONAL


“Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who
hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
(John 12:25)

I grew up going to a Christian sports camp. However, I was a little on the young side. This made my understanding of the Bible a little difficult as its powerful concepts were taught to me. In today’s Gospel reading, John writes that “the man who loves his life will lose it.” He continues to say that if you keep your life, it will be miserable. At 13-years-old, Allison thought this meant “if you’re happy with your life” (and I absolutely was, with a great family, great friends, and getting ready to start high school), “you are about to die.”

All right, so maybe it was a slightly ridiculous jump. But how do you explain to a young and learning Christian the idea of giving up a life she considers to be perfectly fine, in order to have a better one that is just a scary unknown?

It may have taken a while, but it finally dawned on me that all I had to give up was the part of my life that was missing God. Before realizing this, I made decisions based on my own moral compass, and not on the Word. My identity was defined by the activities I engaged in, rather than by the wonderful God who made me. I finally realized that “to lose” actually meant “to gain” the life God had beautifully and perfectly set out for me.

This passage gently reminds me that, no matter what I think is best for my life, leaving my personal desires behind to follow a Godly path is always the best and most fruitful option.
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