Day 20: Lost

Lost (according to dictionary.com)

adjective

1.no longer possessed or retained: lost friends.
2.no longer to be found: lost articles.
3.having gone astray or missed the way; bewildered as to place, direction,etc.: lost children.
4.not used to good purpose, as opportunities, time, or labor; wasted: a lost advantage.
5.being something that someone has failed to win: a lost prize.This weekend I got lost. Intentionally. I went to a corn maze. Corn mazes are easily one of my favorite parts of fall. I used to love doing mazes as a kid on paper so going into a huge corn maze is just so fun to me.

As we walked around in the maze this verse just kept running through my head:

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39

I don’t think it was purely accidental that I kept thinking it. I’m sure the Big Guy had something to do with it. He likes to meet me in the most unusual places and remind me of what He has said.

As it kept going through my head I kept trying to figure out what it means. What does it look like to lose your life for his sake? And then find it?

I looked through my Bible and tried to find other verses that were similar, I tried to find the context and figure it out. This verse kind of sent it home for me:

Gal 2:19-21
As for me, through law I died toward law, that I might become alive toward God. I am impaled along with Christ. It is no longer I that live, but it is Christ that is living in union with me. Indeed, the life that I now live in flesh I live by the faith that is toward the Son of God, who loved me and handed himself over for me.  I do not shove aside the undeserved kindness of God; for if righteousness is through law, Christ actually died for nothing.

We all have these desires of our own, these plans that we want to live out. If you look at society, its a great example of this, we all want what will make us happy and what will give us the results quick. But God wants us to live for Him, to do His work, to give our lives to His service so that when we serve and live it is He who lives through us.

It’s not easy putting away what we want, fighting against what will give us happiness immediately, but it’s necessary.

I want God to dwell in me, I want God to live through me. The life I lead without him is meaningless and pointless.

So… go get lost… intentionally!

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