Lent Day 10

“If I can just get  _________ then I will be happy.”  We may not say it out loud, but we think it regularly.  This lie has a great marketing strategy called American culture.  We are promised a better life if we get the latest, newest, greatest.  Once we get whatever it is we thought would make us happy, we realize that we quickly shift our focus to the next thing we desire.

Contrast this way of thinking to the thinking of Jesus:  “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”  (Matt 16:25)  Quickly our mind turns to “Oh great!  The only way to get life is to give up my career, my things, and my house and head for the mission field in Zambia.”  That’s not what Jesus is saying here – not even close.  What He is after here is our heart.   Does it (i’m not sure what youre saying here, but if you mean Jesus, put He) desire things our relationship?  Are we spending our time and energy trying to get things, or are we investing our time and energy in people?  And by people, I mean those closest to us.

A great question for us to consider this weekend is, “Who am I serving?”  And no – we are not looking for the Sunday School answer: Jesus.  But on a practical level, who are we serving? (ie, friends, spouse, those in need)  It’s amazing how our lives are slowly transformed as we shift our focus from things to people around us.

Lie: You experience life and happiness by obtaining things

Truth:  True happiness only comes by giving ourselves away

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matt 16:25)

1 reply on “Lent Day 10”

It really is counter intuitive (and maybe illogical), that to live you must die to yourself. But this seems to be one of the many paradoxes of the bible and life with God. I think one way to “die to yourself” (your pride and ego) is to forgive. This, I think, is service in a simple form.

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