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We save by losing and lose by saving

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

Mark 8:35-36.

We lose by saving and save by losing—a metaphor of life, yet a profound principle of God’s Kingdom!

Holding tightly all things to ourselves and being unwilling to surrender to the will of God, pushes the things further away and we ultimately lose.

The hero is the one who has the most. That’s what our society believes, too often—yet it’s also the root of human misery. Because we’re not what we own.

The allure of affluence and prosperity to the detriment of spiritual values ensnares humanity in prisons of scarcity in diverse dimensions of life.

The opportunity is to shine a light to someone (someone is not everyone) who is lost within the darkness by lighting their pathway home.

What if you’re moved by compassion and extended your warm and tender hand, and touched someone’s life? What if you be there? You see, you witness, you touch and feel their wound. Feel their pain, their deprivation, their sorrow…? You touch and feel, and mend their broken wings? Is helping them to fly not admirable? Is it not noble? Is God not going to bless you more? Is this not true compassion?

See, it isn’t enough to fold our hands around our chests, and burry our fists in our armpits and stand to watch. Nor is it generous to stand hands akimbo and look. Stare and say we are seeing. We understand. We pity them. We love them, and yet we are doing nothing about it.

This isn’t the compassion Jesus practised and taught. Love can’t flourish like this. What if we unfold our hands to open our hearts, and stretch them to reach out to someone? Move into action, perpetually, every day, for our love to flourish and our peace to abound.

Peace in human hearts is a consequence of human harvests; human harvests are a consequence of their hard work of sowing—for we reap what we sow. The opportunity is to sow more seeds before we want the fruits and the shade.

I wish you remember this verse.

“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

1 John 3:17.

Beloved, the opportunity is to find someone to embrace and delight according to the measure of God’s grace upon us. To find someone to uplift their spirit so they don’t feel lesser than others. To give generously; not to show off or to keep reminding them so you lower their dignity. A generous giver gains; the man of faith moves mountains. Amen!

Thank you for reading. God bless you abundantly!

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Escaping the allure of the crowd

We can easily get caught up in what everyone else is saying and doing. Or what a minor fraction of people we want to please are saying and doing. Because the crowd is always loud.

The opinions of the crowd can be like a mighty river. They can snatch us and take us far away from where we thought we’d ever go. 

Now, when we find ourselves in that unfamiliar fate, we realise that the river has no power to take us back. Yet, if we’re still alive, we can embarrassingly gather enough energy to find our way out, or we can capitulate to the whims of fate. 

When we realise that we made wrong decisions that brought us to the wrong path, we might be afraid to stop and go back. But, it is better we stop at that point to make a detour. It is better to lose something we can recover than to lose ourselves.

Nonetheless, we can shirk the allure of the crowd. We can stop and ask ourselves, “does this give glory to God? Is this in harmony with God’s will? Is it aligned with my goals? Is it valuable? Does this reflect my principles? Will this rob my integrity and values? Then we can adjust accordingly.

Child of God, beware of deception. Some loud voices might sound too familiar and authentic but in truth, they are self — serving and misleading.

Does the voice you’re hearing truly love you? Does that voice tell you pure truth even when that truth is hurting? Or does it speak cynical truth to please and too soon get you into trouble? And abandon you!

The book of Psalms points out the two categories of people, the godly and the ungodly. The fate of the godly is eternal blessings while that of the ungodly is eternal damnation.

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful, But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law, he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither, And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Psalms 1:1–6.

Beloved, when a great majority are doing things out of hatred, bitterness, pride, anger…as believers, we can be the difference by emulating Jesus. God wants us to do all things out of love. Don’t allow the crowd and situations change you, you’re a child of God!

When the whole world loses its mind, don’t flow with the majority, let your faith remain rock solid. Be rooted and grounded in God’s love. Let others wonder how on earth you are so peaceful when everything is chaotic. Because you are in the world but not of the world. (John 17:14).

“For all that is in the world— the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world.”

1 John 2:16.

Questions to consider

  • Who is your role model?
  • Is your role model leading or misleading you?
  • Will you accept incentives, rewards or bribes to say or do what you know is wrong?

God bless you abundantly!

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A perfect model of a believer’s life

First of all, God gave us His image. Though sin robbed us of God’s image, Jesus came to restore it.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.””

Genesis 1:26

Believers bear the image of Jesus. His body, the church should convey the same image as the new testament explicitly affirms.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Philippians 2:5–8

Love, humility, servanthood…are three key models of Jesus’ image that can serve as the gold standard for a believer’s life.

One thing we must never allow the devil to rob of us is God’s image.

Beloved, stay vigilant about the devil’s deception that your image is distorted. Amen.

God bless you more!