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Saving Your Life

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.  Mark 4:35

In Mark 4:35 Jesus uses the words “save” and “lose” in two different ways.

Consider the word “save.” One way for us to save our lives means to be in control of our lives. On the other hand to save our lives means to experience ultimate fulfillment in life.

Now consider the word “lose.” On one hand it means to give up control of our lives, while on the other hand it means to miss out on a fulfilled life.

In verse 34 Jesus introduced His statement about finding and losing our lives with:

Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

With these words Jesus makes it plain that one loses his life by denying himself—in order to yield control of his life to God.

The phrase, losing our lives is to deny ourselves, is underlined by the statement of Jesus in verse 35 that we will save our lives by losing them for His sake and the gospel’s.

When the Apostle Paul teaches the crucifixion of our flesh, is he referring to Jesus’ statement about taking up our cross? It seems that he is. 

When we experience the crucifixion of our flesh, we give up our point of view of what we are to do next. That is, we lose our lives so that God may have full control of them.

In experiencing the crucifixion of our flesh, we give up our lives. In experiencing our crucifixion, we are filled with the Holy Spirit who gives us the abundant life. In other words, when we experience crucifixion, we lose our lives and we save our lives.