I have yet another paradox!
This one boils down to the question what are you willing to give up to have eternal life? If you knew for sure God is real and knew for sure that at death there is a fork in your road: eternal life or eternal death, it would be a no-brainer. But we must take it on faith that that truly is our destiny. So faith aside, on a strictly logical basis, what is the value of eternal life if it is your destiny?
If you do believe this to be true, then what are you willing to give up in trade for eternal life? What does the Bible say? Well it seems it is a paradox.
Die to Live (Matthew 10:39, John 12:24, Galatians 2:20, Luke 17:33, 1 Corinthians 15:36-38, Philippians 3:7-8)
Jesus said, “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” This can appear nonsense at first glance, but after some consideration it makes sense. If you remain in control of your life and not submit to God, you will not gain eternal life. But if you willingly turn your life over to God, humble yourself and submit to His will, you will be rewarded with eternal life. This is an extension of be a servant to become a leader. I see it this way. The servitude/leader paradox asks that seems to for an attitude shift, asking for humility now for leadership later. But die to live is asking for a far deeper commitment. One of total submission of your heart, mind and actions of our body, not just an attitude change. But in return you will gain life everlasting.
What you value and prize in your heart will determine your eternal destiny. Jesus teaches to not to cling to our life (get caught up in our life) in this world if we want to keep it for eternity. Paul talks about throwing away what he once thought was of value in exchange for living for Christ and gaining entrance into His kingdom. And Paul also describes our life on earth like a seed that needs to be buried in brokenness to burst forth a new spiritual life.
Is this a hard decision? Is it hard to keep this commitment?
Share your thoughts!