Imagine going to a financial planner who tells you that, if you want to save for retirement, you have to spend all your money. Or imagine talking to a dietitian who says that, if you want to lose weight, you need to eat as many cheeseburgers as you can. It just doesn’t make sense. But Jesus’ teaching here can sound almost like that: To find life, you have to give up your life for him.
Being a disciple of Jesus is often about not doing what the world says we should do. Discipleship is hard work. Even his disciples, who heard these teachings directly from Jesus, didn’t get it right all the time. Discipleship requires that we listen closely for God to guide us. It also means that we stop putting ourselves first and instead love God with everything we have.
Lyn Hayes ALM