You would think he had the perfect life.
Reference: What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? (Luke 9:25 NIV)
Explore: When an older man goes through a major health crisis, it is common for him to go through a huge change. It’s not just a change in his health, but often an emotional evaluation of his priorities.
The biggest transformation I have seen was in Jack. He was a high flying businessman who travelled overseas 40% of the year and was very successful in his job.
He provided incredibly well (financially) for his family as they lived in a great suburb, sending their children to private school and holidaying in deluxe locations. You would think he had the perfect life.
And then he was diagnosed with cancer.
His world was turned upside down and everything came to a crashing halt. His treatment began, his work ceased, his diet changed and everyone waited to see if he would get through it.
Thankfully, he did. And his life after remission was never the same.
He retired from his job, he spends most of his time with his family, and his whole perspective on life is completely different. While people thought he had it all together before his diagnosis, since his remission he has discovered what is really important in life.
Application: We often think we know what is important. Money, success, perfection. But so often we get it wrong.
Jesus was clear that we could lose perspective very easily. It is in taking up His cross that we truly live.
It sounds backwards, but Jesus speaks the truth. It is when we give our lives completely to Him that we gain everything.
Prayer: Lord, we dedicate our lives to You today. May we put our earthly desires aside and focus on living for You. Amen.
How are you giving your life to Christ today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.