‘Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it’ (Matthew 10:39)
We all desperately need to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
Our culture emphasises independence over interdependence, and individualism over community.
It tells us that we are the measure of all things, and encourages us to find all meaning by looking inwards.
The result is that our society, convinced that freedom can simply be measured by the extent to which we get to do what we want, is torn apart by conflicting ‘choices’ Jesus presents a radically different understanding of life.
According to him, to ‘find your life’ in these ways is to lose it.
To define your life on your own terms leads to disintegration, and ultimately despair.
But the good news is that, if we can only turn our attention away from ourselves, there is hope.
As someone has said, “The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but the moments of self-forgetfulness.
“Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological.”
We find meaning, hope and purpose by looking away from ourselves.
If God created life, then only he can tell us what it’s for.
Are we willing to listen?