John 12:25-26 (NIV)
[Very truly I tell you…] Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
“… abundant life comes, paradoxically, through death. John, not to mention Paul and others, understands Jesus’ death as the ultimate act of love; the signs too are manifestations of love, for it is God’s love that motivated the sending of Jesus and that was manifested in his various works. So also the church sent by this Jesus will be driven by God’s love, manifesting it, and thus God’s abundant life, in numerous analogous ways as disciples are baptized and empowered by the Spirit. And a central aspect of the church’s (the disciples’) being sent will be sharing in the death-like but life-giving ministry of Jesus… The servants of the Servant will share in his servanthood.” [M. Gorman, Abide and Go, 69]
Jesus gives an important kingdom truth – as we respond and fully give ourselves to him, as he already has for us, we’re not going to lose our lives but find them… and Jesus takes it another step – that it’s in serving and following him that we’re going to find real life and real hope.
Prayer: Lord, I believe in your truth. Help me not to try to preserve my life but to give it to you in service by the empowering of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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