Paul picked up what Jesus was putting down, and I believe it was the biggest factor of his ministry effectiveness.
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25
That is a hard teaching to accept. You’ll never be guilted into it.
But if you had a life transforming experience with Jesus you might.
Abandoned his own life to God. Like a lifelong trust fall.
“I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ” Galatians 2:20
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…” Philippians 3:8
It seems like almost none of us can speak like this with wholehearted sincerity.
I don’t know if I can.
But I really want to.
Imagine what Jesus could with a a person like that. Or 10 people. How about 100?
Let’s not beat ourselves up. Remember, his yoke is gentle and his burden is light. In him we find rest for our weary souls. Jesus loves us more deeply than we can imagine.
Jesus, may we experience you so deeply that we’ll be willing to be wholly yours.