Day 8: What Have I Got to Lose
Originally posted on Facebook January 11, 2021
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“Lose” from the Greek word “Apollymi” means “to destroy fully.” It is translated “lose” in our verse for today.
“He that findeth his life shall lose it:”
Fives times in Matthew 10 the Greek word, “apollymi” is used. Twice in Matthew 10:39. It seems the “lost sheep” in verse 6 are to be won by those who are willing to lose everything. Jesus details in this chapter what that means for the disciple who is willing to take up his cross and follow Christ.
In verse 28 we are told not to fear those who can kill only the body, but not “destroy” the soul and body in hell.
The next verses tell us how meticulously we are watched over by our Heavenly Father. To the point that the very hairs of our head are numbered. Now if you have been in my bathroom you know this to be an amazing feat especially if you have ever been the plumber who cleaned the drain in my bathtub. I am losing hairs (pluralized on purpose) every single day, continually throughout my day. My hair tools and my hair tool drawer are full of hair. My bathroom sink is a mess of hair once I am done getting ready for the day.
I can’t help but think that God is telling us that His watchcare over us is as continual as the loss and regrowth of the hairs of our head.
We are not to fear. Why? Because He values us. We are not to fear a world that is not at peace. We are not to fear when our world, even our homes become divided. The response of the disciple of Christ to these things? Love God. Take up our cross. Follow Christ.
What have I got to lose? Well, for one thing, the fear. Lose the fear of losing it all.