Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lose Your Life?

Matthew 16:24-25 is one of those places where Jesus said something that we are supposed to think about. He said, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

I have lost keys, pocket change, some hair, some games, but how do you lose your life? What does it mean to take up your cross and lose your life? When Jesus took up His cross and laid down His life, what did He do?

1. Love God More Than Your Own Life


When Jesus went to the cross to die, He was literally loving His Father more than His own life. We are not instructed to go to a literal cross and die, but we are instructed to follow the example of Christ and love God more than our own life. Taking up your cross means loving God more than yourself. We commit many sins purely out of selfish motives. Taking up our cross and losing our life involves denying ourselves for the sake of Christ


  • Pornography loses its appeal in light of the cross of Christ
  • Getting revenge on someone loses its luster when we love Christ instead of ourselves
  • A life of greed bottoms out compared to a life of seeing God's glory

Take up your cross and lose your life-love God more than your own life. 

2. Love The Lost More Than Your Own Life


When Jesus went to the cross, He was loving lost people. Christ died for the ungodly!

Romans 5:8 says, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Taking up your cross and losing your life involves loving lost people more than your own life. I believe one of the greatest examples of someone living this out was Lottie Moon. If you are Baptist, you recognize that name. Growing up in a Baptist Church, I heard her name so much, I thought she was a great aunt or something. Lottie Moon was a missionary to China many years ago.

More than 100 years ago, she began to write letters to the American church challenging the church to do more to support workers and missionaries around the world. Not everybody liked her appeals. Not everybody liked the idea of sending more and more money to places that some Americans thought were enemies to our nation. Maybe they were enemies to America, but they were nations filled with lost people that God wanted to save!

God loves the nations and so did Lottie Moon! She loved them more than her own life. She loved the Chinese people so much that she literally stopped eating so she could feed the starving people and share the Gospel with them. At the age of 72, she died only weighing 50 pounds. She loved the lost more than her own life.

In her honor, every year the Southern Baptist Convention has an offering that goes to supporting reaching the lost and funding the global mission. More than 1.5 BILLION dollars has been raised in her name. All because one person truly decided to take up her cross, lose her life and love the lost more than her own life! Let's love the lost this year by supporting the Lottie Moon mission's offering like never before!

Taking up your cross means learning to love the lost more than your own life.

3. Love The Church More Than Your Own Life


We know that Jesus loved the lost and loved the church. Paul tells us in Ephesians that Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her. Taking up our cross involves loving the Church more than our own lives.


  • Every time you cut grass for someone in the church to help them, you are taking up your cross
  • Every time you make a meal for a grieving brother or sister in the faith, you are taking up your cross
  • Every time you send a note, card, or message on Facebook checking up with someone, you are taking up your cross

Learning to live in such a way where you love God more than yourself, love the lost more than yourself, and love the Church more than yourself is taking up your cross and losing your life for the Kingdom of God. If you live this type of life, Jesus promised that you will actually find the meaning of life. Whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.