Lose Your Life
And Find It!
"More Than Wonderful"
Recently we've been hearing and learning a lot about the anointing of God and it's empowerment for victorious Christian living. We've seen how the anointing will bring success into manifestation throughout every aspect of our lives. However, getting it from the hearing stage into the experiencial stage of our lives, oftentimes requires a deep desire on our part to press in to the word a little further so we can know how to correctly apply the truth. One might even be inclined to say, "I believe the power of God is there for me, but why doesn't it seem to be working?" Let's see if we can discover a key that will help us unlock that mystery.
The Bible is full of wonderful statements that, at first glance, may not seem to make too much sense to us, or is hard for the "natural" mind to comprehend. One such profound statement that was spoken by Jesus, who was famous for these kinds of sayings, is found in Matthew 16:25: "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it."
This statement is completely contradictory to our "natural" thinking, after all - life is what "you" make it, right? Doesn't the world tells us that we are masters of our own destiny? This is only true if you realize that true victory and success come only through full submission to the Lord. Oftentimes self is what's holding us back from realizing the full manifestation of the blessing. So in essence, we could say that we have the potential of becoming our own worst enemy. (I sure wish I could just blame it all on the devil, don't you?!)
A real key to understanding this verse, in a deeper way, is to take a closer look at the word "save." This is the word "sozo"(sode'-zo) in the Greek text, and it's meaning is: to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger, to heal and cure, to preserve. Many times, when we read this word in the Bible, we only think of it in terms of "being saved" spiritually and it's pertaining to our eternal life in the sweet by and by. However, this word speaks strongly of our rights in this life, on Earth, in the cruddy here and now!
The next word we want to look at, in this scripture, is the word "life." In the Greek, this is the word "psuche" (psoo-khay'). Psuche speaks of life in regard to the senses. It's the word for the soul, which is our mind, will, intellect, and emotions. This is the part of our being which gives us so much trouble! Don't get this word confused with our "spirit" which is the word "pneuma" (pnyoo'-mah) in the New Testament. Remember, we are a 3-part being - body, soul and spirit.
We live in a "self-help," "self-realization" world. Just take a good look around you, people everywhere are getting caught up with all kinds of self preservation techniques. Oh, how we wander through life searching for happiness, love, peace and acceptance. And in "our own" struggle to achieve this, many times have only come away with more wounding and grief. The "soul" part of man always seeks it's own way, and does not want to yield nor submit to anyone, much less the ways of God. The soul is the seat of pride and arrogance, it's the place where "feelings" desire to rule, which can cause us to make decisions that are not always healthy for our spiritual growth. The soul of man must be brought under subjection and submission to the Lord if we are ever going to realize the true blessings of God in our lives.
Take a look at 1 Peter 2:25, which makes this point so very clear: "For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." Our souls were designed to have a spiritual overseer. If we've made Jesus our Savior, but not our Lord, another spritual overlord will take that place, and he comes to steal and to kill and to destroy - John 10:10b. This is one of the main reasons why so many Christians struggle in so many areas emotionally. Today we see lust and anger at all time highs, yes - even within the church! While they are saved, they have not put Jesus in first place within their lives. They are not in the Word daily nor do they spend time with the Master, developing in their relationship with Him - He simply is not Lord to them, and is not their Shepherd and Overseer! Remember, Jesus IS the Word of God - John 1:1-14. To submit to Jesus, is to submit to His Word. John 8:31-32 "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Let's continue in our original text in Matthew 16:25. The word "lose" in the Greek, is the word "apollumi" (ap-ol'-loo-mee), and actually means to destroy, to kill, to put out of the way entirely. Jesus is telling us when we put "self" out of the way, putting to death our selfish motives, seeking to exalt the Lord and His ways in our life, it makes room for the blessing that "we" have been searching for all along. Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man (his soul), but it's end is the way of death (destruction, pain, suffering, quite the opposite of the blessing).
Many of us are no strangers to pain, grief, and suffering. And because of these, I've made up my mind not to insist on my own way, but to desire His way saying, "Lord, you know what's best for me." After all, He only has the very best in mind for us. Remember in Luke 12:32 Jesus passionately states, "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Look at that! It gives the Father pleasure to reveal and to give His Kingdom to you!
The anointing for self and others functions through submission to the Lord Jesus Christ, making Him your Lord and not just your Savior. The greatest joy you will ever know, the greatest fulfillment in life you will ever experience, is when you make the choice to give up self, and fully turn your whole life over to the Lord Jesus Christ in humble submission. Listen! - He's talking to you now, do you hear Him? How precious and sweet is His still, small voice of encouragement saying, "Go ahead, step out in faith and lose your life, you'll surely find it!"