“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!