Matthew 16:25-26 KJV - For whosoever will save his life.
Luke 9:24 Context. 21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.
Given this, the first half of Matthew 10:39 could be rendered, “If you are finding for yourself, getting, obtaining and procuring for your life now, then your life will be utterly lost, ruined and destroyed in the future.” Yet the context of the verse shows why we must lose our life now.
For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it. Holman Christian Standard Bible For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.
Those who save now will lose later. The paradox of Christ s teaching is that a believer loses his soul at the Judgment Seat by saving it here and now, in this life that is, by refusing to deny self, take up his cross, and follow Jesus.
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You do whatever you really were too afraid to do. (Except killing yourself or any other self destructive thing) When the worst case scenario has come to pass, there is an immense freedom. You realize, worst case is here, and i'm generally still ok.