Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Finding Life

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.     Matthew 16:25

Coach Tom Landry, the former NFL football player and longtime coach of the Dallas Cowboys, testified that for years his passion was to be the best football player. He was a great player in high school, college and the NFL. However, he says that none of his successes gave him the sense of fulfillment he was looking for. According to his personal testimony, he gave his life to Jesus and found fulfillment.

 Things in this modern world are so attractive that many seek the abundant life through them. Jesus has a different answer for finding that quality of life. His explanation is that if we save our lives we will lose them and if we lose our lives for His sake, we will find them. Certainly, these words carry the idea of losing and finding the abundant life.

 Stated in other words, if we are determined to live our lives according to our own plans, we will not experience that sense of fulfillment, but we will have that sense of fulfillment when we give our lives totally to Jesus.

 Giving up our plans for our lives in order to yield ourselves to His plans seems to be a hard thing to do. It seems hard because of the sinful nature we received from Adam. We came into this world thinking that we are wise. We will decide what will give us that sense of fulfillment. Even professing Christians find it difficult to believe that Jesus has a better plan for their lives than they do.   

 God knows that when we plan our own lives and also He knows that we will not discover the abundant life. In His goodness, He permits us to walk the path of failure that we might discover our mistake.

 In the New Testament, our know-it-all attitude is called “sin” and “flesh.” Therefore, when Galatians 5:24 says that the flesh has been crucified, it means that the know-it-all attitude has been crucified. When we experience our crucifixion, we will joyfully give our lives to Jesus.

 When we do that, we find “life.”