Matthew 10:39. “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot (Jim is on the right)
Jim Elliot is a hero to many, and so he should be. He and the others who gave their lives up to open the way for evangelization of the Auca Indians understood very well what Jesus meant in Matthew 10: 39, So, what DID He mean?
I love my Dake Study Bible. Here is what it says in the margin about this verse:
Whoever lives a life of self-gratification will lose it; whoever puts to death the sinful deeds of the body will gain it (Romans 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-20).
It’s all about where we put our focus, isn’t it? Is your life all about collecting stuff? Amassing great amounts of money, power, possession? Don’t you understand that the moment you draw your last breath, it all disappears? You may be a pauper in heaven, if you’ve spent your life doing nothing but serving yourself.
Or you will be a pauper in hell if you have never acknowledged your need of salvation and trusted Christ as your Savior. Did you know that Christianity (real, biblically-sound Christianity!) is the only faith that offers a Savior? Think of that.
On the other hand, if you spend your life in service to God and to others, you have so much to gain! The rewards in heaven are eternal; the approval of the Father is above all else. I want, with all my heart, to hear “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”