The deepest law
For reading & meditation: Matthew 10:24-39
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”(v.39)
Out of this incident of the Greeks seeking an interview with Jesus came these great truths that Jesus uttered. We have already looked at some of our Lord’s famous statements in John chapter 12 – here is another: “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25). What does it mean – “The man who loves his life will lose it”? It means that when you focus on your interests alone, your life will disintegrate. Those who have no one to centre on other than themselves and live only to have their own way finish up bankrupt, beggared and defeated. Dorothy Sayers put the same truth most effectively when she said: “Hell is the enjoyment of having one’s own way for ever.” But the rest of the verse is just as true: “The man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” In other words, lose your life in the plans and purposes of God and you will find the true meaning of your existence. It is a paradox, but nevertheless true, that you are never so much your own as when you are most His. Bound to Him, you walk the earth free. Low at His feet, you stand straight before anything or anyone else. You suddenly realise that you have aligned yourself with the creative forces of the universe, so you are free – free to create, free to love, free to be at your best, free to be all that He desires you to be. And this is not just mere acquiescence. It is co-operation with the power that raised Jesus from the dead. No wonder someone called this principle, “the deepest law in the universe”.
O God, once again You are boring deep – but You have my permission to keep going. When Your drill strikes hard resistances in me, don’t hold back. I want the deep living waters of Your presence and power. Amen.
For further study:
1. What was Jesus teaching?
2. How does this work out in your life?