“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16: 24-25)
To be Christ-like, to evidence the ideal man and bring healing to our world, we must lose ourselves. We must surrender a personal sense of ourselves as little persons with our pre-existent characteristics and learned behaviors. We must give up the belief that we are mere mortals, separate and singular in personality and capacity.
Jesus has called us all to be disciples, for his demonstration of life over death, divine Mind over matter, was not a selective display. It excludes no one and we can’t simply look with awe upon his proofs as if they have a sacred and untouchable place for us today. Jesus was not an exhibitionist. He was a teacher. Let’s listen and know that when he speaks to his disciples, he speaks to us all. He is guiding us to our good lives, our best selves, reality, harmony, heaven.
And that means we have to “lose” our lives. This is not martyrdom. It is not dying for a cause. It is so much more and so much more lovely. It is casting off a sense of a personal, separate self, for the conscious awareness of Life in God, as God’s own idea, designed of His qualities and proving His nature. We can’t cling to the mortal sense of limits and at the same time claim our divinity, our holiness, nor prove it in a glorious and fruitful life. Let’s be today’s disciples. Let’s lose our limited lives and discover the true Life, one that is rich in all that is right and healing and giving, and which alone truly satisfies us because it truly satisfies God’s purpose for us.
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