Losing It All While Hanging On (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 333)
Mark 8:35 (NLT)
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.
Too many people look for happiness and peace in how much money they make, the house they live in, the car they drive, the relationships they have, the success they obtain. But God has set up the world in such a way that none of these things bring eternal happiness and peace. These things are nice to have, but their effect is extremely temporary. Many people chase things and stuff looking for that one thing that they cannot lose and they never find it because they are looking in all the wrong places.
If you want to be happy, if you want to have peace, if you want to feel worthy and fulfilled, God demands that we give our lives away in service to Him and to others. If you try to preserve your life and hold on to your life and use it to serve yourself only, you will eventually lose everything you have worked to obtain including your very life. Ever wonder why someone who seems to have it all suddenly dies from an overdose or jumps to their death? Because stuff doesn’t make you happy. People can’t bring you peace.
To have happiness in your heart and peace in your soul, you have to be willing and ready to love, give and serve at every opportunity. Jesus is the best example of this. He didn’t come to earth to save himself or to serve himself. He didn’t come to earth and establish a kingdom and employ servants. He came to earth so that he could give every single one of us eternal life that surpasses glory and joy and peace in the right now. Serving, giving and loving are the only things that will bring you the peace and happiness you want in your life. If you attempt to keep a tight grip on your life, you will end up losing it all.
Why do you think people who have all the wealth and material possessions in the world, at some point in their lives, aim to use some of their wealth and influence for the good of other less fortunate people? Because we were created to serve and give not to gain and get. God has wired us to feel miserable if we don’t live in this open space of giving and serving. If you’re not serving in some way, then you are not reflecting Jesus. The more you give and serve, the more happiness and peace you have and the more blessings God gives to you. It’s that simple.
“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”
— Albert Schweitzer