What are you willing to lose for the sake of the Gospel?
Luke 9:23,24,25 says: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gave the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
I have read this group of text before but never really thought about what it meant: If he gave the whole world, and lose himself. I thought it meant only money, but have recently realized that it could be talking about friendships, jobs, or money.
Last night a group of people at work were talking about the recent bombings at Sir Lanka where it killed over 200 people. We continued our conversation about why someone would bomb a Christian church. We discussed how we had read that it was in retaliation to a mosque attack the week before. Then all of the sudden a Muslim woman in the group gets very angry and says her faith doesn’t ever say to kill people.
I was a little shocked how this woman was so blind to things that had been happening. First of all, she hadn’t heard of the attacks. She had said that she doesn’t watch the news. She is from another country and acts as if she hasn’t heard anything that has happened lately regarding terror attacks and such. Then I wondered how someone that had claimed her faith so strongly but didn’t know of teachings from her own faith.
This lady had been a dear friend to me and had talked about the Lord before, but I thought she was talking about Jesus. I didn’t realize she didn’t have the same faith as me. It is one thing to say you are Muslim, Christian or any other faith, but if you don’t know what you faith believes in, then you need to perhaps find out. I have seen people claim they are Christian but never go to church, read their Bible or pray.
Last night, I worried about losing my friend because of the truth that was spoken. I wondered if I should say I was sorry for offending her. Then I thought that I couldn’t say I was sorry, because I spoke the truth. Saying I was sorry would be telling this woman that we were wrong, or not speaking truth. The fact is: we must stick to truth, no matter who it offends. I learned a lesson that night, that we might lose friendships or even a job. This lady could go to our boss and tell him the things that were spoken and we could be fired. So after praying about it last night and today I came across this group of scripture. For what is a man advantaged, if he gave the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? So I know that I cannot worry so much about losing my job or this friendship, because I spoke the truth. And by speaking the truth, maybe this lady will think about her faith and perhaps study up on its teachings. We must speak truth no matter who it offends.