Mark 8:35 (NASB) For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
I lost a little piece of myself recently, and it was painful. I had to have one of my molars removed due to the decay that found its way between the crown and what was left of my tooth. From the outside, you couldn't tell, but deep within, the decay was eating my tooth away. Today's verse speaks of anyone wishing to save his life must lose it, and whoever loses his life for Christ sake and the gospel will save it. I realize it was only my tooth, but the pain involved can be overwhelming. The weird part was that the crown made the tooth look as if it was just fine. Only by an x-ray were we able to see how bad it was. Sometimes in life, we seem to be okay on the outside. Everything looks good, but upon examining deep within ourselves, we find that we really don't want to lose part of ourselves. However, that's exactly what Christ is asking of us... to die to self so that He may live in and through us. When was the last time we did a thorough examination of our spiritual walk with Christ? It may seem to be fine on the outside, but what's going on behind that good looking exterior? It's time for some self-x-rays, because the decay of this world will eat us away.
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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