This Pelican Flower on the streets of Ocean Beach, CA. looked so unusual with its brown color and huge size! These heart-shaped flowers only live TWO days! On day one they attract bees and flies by their stench to enter the tunnel shape in the middle. The little hair-like growths inside guide them along until they are stuck with no way out! On day two the insect is covered in pollen and they are let out as the flower slowly withers and dies.
Today’s verse presents a true paradox. Jesus is saying that those who are intent on saving their lives at any cost will end up paying in other ways. Lives that are selfishly lived will in the end be lost. Even if a person should gain the world world: riches, honor, health and ease, they can still lose their soul (verse 26). Whereas, those who pour out and sacrifice their lives for others as a service to the Lord will have meaning and purpose. They will in fact find their lives and the soul will not be lost for eternity.
Losing my life for the One I love is the best way I know to demonstrate that love. I lose my life each time I choose to obey God’s way rather than my own. I lose my life every time I put His agenda of good works ahead of my own selfish plan. When I desire Christ’s love above and beyond any human love then my life is spent serving Him. In losing my life to Him, He fills it and makes it meaningful!
Thank you Lord, that in You I have found my life!