Day 22 - Lose to Find | February Devotional in the Gospel of John

Saturday, February 22, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John 12:25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Jesus said many things that were opposite to culture. In the world, loving yourself, doing for yourself, and putting self over others is the way of the world. Jesus, who came for the specific purpose of giving His life, introduced a new standard. Loving one's life leads to losing it. This does not mean death, it is “losing” one's life in terms of missing something greater. The term "hates his life" has to do with living, not with selfish intent, but to discover higher meaning in life.

As the Psalmist wrote: “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11). Jesus said, “If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” There is honor in following Jesus' example of service.

Reflection Question: What do you need to "lose" in order to find the greater?

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