Day 152: Losing and Gaining (2 Chronicles 4-6; John 12:20-50)

“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” -John 12:25

Y’all, I struggle with this concept so much. I thought about writing this devotional about one of the other verses from today’s reading, but the Lord pressed it on my heart to face the Truth head on.

Because the reality is, some days, I really love my life and I live selfishly for myself. I make my daily decisions based on how I feel and what I want to do or achieve in this World, instead of asking what would glorify God. You see, to put God first – above yourself and your personal needs and wants – requires (1) hearing God and (2) sacrifice. And on the days that I don’t read my Bible or pray, I tend to stop hearing Him (or just choose not to), which means I don’t have to sacrifice anything to obey Him. It’s like when you were little and pretended not to hear your parents just so you wouldn’t have to do whatever chore they found for you to do.

I don’t know about you, but I want less of those days. Because I do want to hear Him. I want to choose eternal life. This World is temporary and what the World tells me I need to pursue and achieve to be successful, are really not important in comparison to the Kingdom of God. And so it becomes a daily choice: to choose to hear God’s voice and obey instead of selfishly ignoring Him so I can be comfortable or so I can make something of myself in this World. What choice will you make today?


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