Losing Your Life and Finding Your Life

Matthew 10:1

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

This is interesting to me because the disciples were given authority to cast out unclean spirits and heal every disease and affliction. And, this was all done under the Law. The authority came not from their keeping of the Law, but from Jesus who was the perfect keeper of the Law.

It makes me think about a law officer today. Not anyone can just go out and be an officer. I can’t just decide today that I will go pull people over and give them tickets. I have no authority to do that. Legal authority must come from the US government, the state of Colorado, Travis county or the city of Dallas. The governing authority are the only ones who can grant legal authority to individuals.

Christ, because of his ability to keep the Law, he was able to grant authority to whomever he wanted, so he gave his disciples authority over every unclean spirit and sickness.

Matthew 10:32-33

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

I believe this is the salvation. This is the all that’s required. Deny or reject Christ, and you are forever separated from God. Receive and accept Christ, and you are forever married to God. It’s not what you do, it’s what you believe.

Matthew 10:37-39

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

It’s all about whom do you trust. If you trust in your mom, your dad, your children to save you, you are not worthy of Christ. If you do not take up your cross (dying to your own attempts to save yourself), you are not worthy of Christ.

Jesus sums it up best in this last line. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But, if you lose your life for his sake, you will find it. True, eternal life is defined by what you trust in. You cannot trust in yourself, your ability, your efforts to please God. If you do, you will lose your life. True, abundant, eternal life comes from losing your life, never trusting in your ability to save yourself through your own efforts and abilities.

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