For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. Luke 9:24
I’m deep into Kelly Minter’s new Bible Study of Ruth. Kelly does a wonderful job of comparing Boaz and his sacrifice for Ruth to God and his sacrifice for us. On page 132 of her the Bible Study book, Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy, she shares this thought.
You may be laying your life down for your children or maybe for your husband. Perhaps you’re about to get married or enter an altogether new level of self-sacrifice. Or maybe you’re single and you’re giving your life to friendships, family and ministries. Maybe you’ve been asked to take care of your parents, or you’ve taken in a family member or you’ve adopted a child. All I know is that laying down our lives for others, for the sake of Jesus, is never wasted. No matter how quiet, how humble, how thankless, God is making a name for you — one that will last an eternity.
Prayer, Father today may we be more concerned with pleasing you than pleasing ourselves or others around us. May we focus on your small still voice instead of the other voices that tend to be screaming for our attention and affection. May we lay it all down, for the heart of Heaven! (from “More of Him, Less of Me,” a blog posting by Dan Gould)