How to lose your life in order to find it.

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Luke 17:33
33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Ever read this verse? For years I laboured under the impression this is one of those “you have to give up everything to win your salvation” verses.

Let’s put it in its context.

Luke 17:30-35
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

31 On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.

32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.

35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left. ’”

One may easily mistake this passage to mean a future rapture and hence will miss out being “taken away”.

Don’t miss this verse though.

Luke 17:25
25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

THIS GENERATION.

The generation of Jews which Jesus came to.

Jesus was making reference to the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem that would come within his generation in AD70.

Those words “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” is a call to leave the Old Covenant and to prepare for a new way of living, where they would no longer be worshipping in the Temple in Jerusalem and where they will leave Jerusalem as it is no longer the city of God.

Under the New Covenant, you are the New Temple and the body of Christ is the new city of God.

That’s how “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”

It has nothing to do with you giving up everything for Jesus. It’s about how Jesus gave up everything to bring to pass the Old Covenant and ushered you into the New Covenant by fulfilling the Law for you.

Be at peace.

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