"Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it." Luke 17:33 NIV
While Jesus’s disciples literally lost their life for standing by him, some denied him or outright turned against him. Losing your life is not the end of the world. In fact, giving up your life, that is this worldly life, is not a bad thing at all. You see, far too many people, including many Christians, are caught up in this material world. When it comes to helping others, it seems only “fashionable” when someone catches it on camera. Helping others, without need of thanks or heaping praise, is exactly what we are commanded to do. In doing so, we show the father we are doing His business. All praise, glory, and honor should be to Him, the One who made us. It’s only in laying down your life that others can see the Father in you and through you. This is the very reason I pray each and every day this simple prayer.
“Father, allow me to be moved out of the way, so that when others look my way they see You, not me.”
If you are so caught up in attention and the approval of this world, you will lose your very life. We are commanded “Do not conform to the pattern of this world” in Romans 12:2 NIV. That means the world should see us as different, as we are set apart from this world. Seek the approval of God, “and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
Go forth and help others, not for an earthly reward, but so that your Father in Heaven can see your heart. For the heart can never lie.