Life is found in interesting places. One of my favorite books of the Bible is Ecclesiastes. In this book, the author seeks to gain every pleasure in life. He seeks after everything he could possible get. At one point he said that he withholds no pleasure from himself. There’s nothing that he desires that he doesn’t get.
And he says all throughout the book, vanity, vanity, it’s all vanity. In other words, all the things that he thought would give him pleasure and life were really worthless. They didn’t give him pleasure. The didn’t give him life. The left him feeling empty.
Today, Jesus offers us another pathway to life. Listen to what He says in Luke 9:23-25:
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
So, today, we see Jesus come with another offer. Instead of seeking to gain our desires and our wants, we should live seeking His. We should lay down our lives for His sake and His kingdom, and in doing that, we find life.
So, today, we are left with a choice. Will we see to live seeking what we want and desire, thinking that this will lead us to happiness and peace. Or will we live seeking not just what God wants, but actually laying down our desires. Not choosing us, but choosing Him?
It’s sounds like a hard choice. But it’s really not. The Word tell us choosing our way leaves us empty. Jesus promises us today that laying down our life for His sake gives us life. And in dying to self and living for Him, we find more life than anything we think this world coud offer.
Today, and each day, we have a choice. Live for us, live for Jesus. Only one road gives life.
Today we a choice. What will we choose?