Losing All To Gain Everything
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:25
"And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting." Luke 18:29-30
Our Lord Jesus is God, the Creator. He is the Word of God by which all things were and are made.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-14
Becoming a man (flesh) Jesus had to give up everything that He had as God. And He had to do this knowing that at any time He could have exercised His Godly glory and power to pick it up again, to become as a man, the greatest most powerful, richest, most talented, athlete, entertainer, scientist, judge, politician, business mogul, earthly, king ruler, dictator that every lived. He could have given His life to the pursuit of the pleasures of the flesh and as God, who would there be to judge Him? He could have used His Godly dominion over creation to satisfy any whim of His humanity and engage in all kinds of behavior that man could imagine for good or for the dominance over all mankind. All that the world values of riches wealth, power, beauty, influence, cunning, craftiness, intellect, the sum of all that men can imagine Jesus could have done it all as the God-Man.
But, He gave it all up for the sole purpose of laying His life down for us. That was His greater, heart’s desire. So everyday He laid down His will; knowing that He could never fulfill God’s purpose to be the spotless Lamb of the God who takes away the sins of the world.” His will was not His to take and do with as He pleased. He had to deny Himself in order to fulfill the will of the Father, to give us the chance to have all that He gave up for us, but would some day possess again.
By giving up the riches of this world He gained both the riches and the reward of His sacrifice — the restoration of His man (male and female) whom He loves more than His life as a man.
So, you say, that was easy for Him He is God after all. Yes He is and we are His sons and daughters, born again of the same Spirit and heirs to the same promises.
He gave up what could not keep to gain what He can never lose. He gave up His deity so that He could become our once and for all sacrifice for our sins. He could not suffer and die for us as God. He had to become a man and face the same trials and temptations we face, but he had to do it without sin and without using any supernatural power to resist and overcome temptation. He had to live by the same faith that you and I have now from God, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What we sacrifice for Him now and for the coming Kingdom of God on the earth is a loss of things that would bring us momentary pleasure and human satisfaction. But one day we will have all these things and more in the fullness of Godly righteousness.
Until that day we walk by faith as Jesus walked by faith and we look to Him, as He is the author and finisher of our faith.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3
We will overcome and we will endure because the Greater One lives in us. By His power we will prevail. Whatever we count as loss to gain Christ is and will be, well worth the cost.
As we lose the dross we gain the gold.