Get a Life!
We have all heard the expression, “You need to get a life!”
Well, Jesus would put it another way. He would in effect say, “You need to lose your life if you want to find it!”
In Luke 9: 23-24 Jesus says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
There are people today who say they are trying to find themselves. Could anything be more cliché and wrong? In essence, Jesus says, “You want to find yourself? Then lose yourself.” Do you want to find life, purpose, and personal happiness? Then say, “Lord, here’s my life, my plans, my aspirations, my dreams, as well as my weaknesses, shortcomings, and sins. I believe and trust that Your plans are better than mine.”
That does not mean that to live as a disciple of Jesus you have to take a vow of poverty and give every possession away. Jesus meant that we are to surrender our claim to our possessions. In other words, we are not to be possessed by possessions. It’s fine to have clothes, a car, a house, and a career. It’s fine to have friends, hobbies, and interests. But the true disciple should not be obsessed with these things. The only obsession a disciple should have is to follow Jesus Christ daily. He must be the most important pursuit in our lives.
The fact is we will find the personal happiness we want not by seeking it, but by seeking Him and His righteousness.