He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
In John 12, Jesus speaks to a crowd, emphasizing the importance of selflessness. The verse highlights that clinging too tightly to earthly desires can lead to spiritual loss. However, a willingness to surrender worldly pursuits can lead to the discovery of true and eternal life.
Jesus challenges us to examine our priorities. In a culture that often values personal gain, Jesus calls us to a different perspective. True life, according to Christ, is found in a sacrificial surrender to God’s will and eternal purpose.
As we surrender our ambitions, desires, and plans to God, we open ourselves to the abundant life Jesus promises. May our choices reflect a willingness to put God’s kingdom first, trusting that in losing our lives for His sake, we find the true and eternal life He offers.
Lord, help me to surrender completely to Your will. I am willing to let go of earthly desires and self-centered pursuits, trusting that true and eternal life is found in following You. Grant me the strength to live sacrificially for Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.