I hate losing. So do you. We don’t play sports or games to lose. Oh, some will say it’s more about the fun and participation than the winning. Somewhat true. It is, but winning raises the fun and desire to participate again. So, when you hear you should lose and live as a loser, it doesn’t hit your ears right. Right?
We have grown up and are still in a world that says, “You can have it all. Work for it. You deserve it. Make it happen.” And that message and mentality is one we try for in our spiritual walks. But, it doesn’t work. We want faith and Jesus, but we want wealth, status and endless likes on our Instagram pictures.
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Great questions. Who asked those? Jesus.
The entire notion of being worldly and of the world with all of it’s benefits and pleasures and priorities contradicts the Jesus way of life in a world where sin reigns and the fallen world punches really hard at times. These two questions are one instance of the Gospel moving us to choose. Here, we are confronted with the eventual benefit of winning the game of life here on Earth vs winning at the soul game.
In God’s great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Now we hope for the blessings God has for his children. These blessings, which cannot be destroyed or be spoiled or lose their beauty, are kept in heaven for you.
1 Peter 1:3-4
“Because of Jesus Christ….”
You see, losing the world is not losing at all. Living as a loser is winning in the match that matters most. The soul game of heaven everlasting. You have been born again through Christ alone. That is a game changer and one worth losing the world for.