What a Loser – June 12, 2017

Today’s Scripture… “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:25

Thoughts for Today… “Born to Lose.”

If Charlie Brown ever chose to write his autobiography, I believe that would make a fitting title.   The long-time comic strip character of “Peanuts” fame was a perpetual loser.

Whether it was failing to strike out the opposing team while allowing them to score a gazillion runs, or just striking out himself when attempting to find a Christmas tree, Charlie Brown lost at just about everything.

He was laughed at by his peers because of all of his failures, chosen last to participate in team sports, hung out with people like “Pig Pen,” and was upstaged by a beagle named “Snoopy.”

When people saw him coming, they thought, “What a loser!”

But, despite the fact that the only thing Charlie Brown ever succeeded at was losing, he has brought joy and laughter into the lives of countless people throughout the years of his amazing misfortune.  Somehow, even in our grimmest of circumstances, he managed to put a smile on our faces.

The little boy who lost at everything has been a winner in the hearts of children and adults alike, entertaining us for over 40 years.

You know, Charlie Brown reminds me of what a Christian ought to be.  That’s right…

…we should be losers.

Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, 25, “If any man will come after me, let him deny hiself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

I’ll say it again.  We should be losers.

Now, for some folks, losing your life for Jesus means literally laying it down – physically dying – for Him.  But, for most of us, that is not the case.

You don’t have to die physically to lose your life for Christ.  We “lose” our lives by completely yielding, completely surrendering ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus each and every day.

It requires allowing Him to be the sole authority over the details of our lives.  Allowing Him to be the One who controls our decision-making, how we entertain ourselves (movies, music, books), our time and our money, the very words we speak and even our actions.

And, most of all, it requires a servant’s heart.  We must be willing to “lose” our lives by serving the needs of those around us.  An encouraging word, a listening ear, a helping hand, a heart of love and compassion…

…these represent the anatomy of a loser.

Friend, when we really lose our lives for Christ, when we really surrender ourselves and pour out ourselves to service of the Prince of Peace, we will bring joy and laughter into the lives of countless people.  We will put a smile on the faces of those in the grimmest of circumstances.

And the King of Kings will receive glory and honor among men.

Are we that kind of believer?  Are our lives consumed with meeting the needs of others – consumed with serving Jesus Christ?  When folks look at the amount of effort we put into working for the Kingdom do they think to themselves…

…”What a loser!”?

If we lose at everything…in the eyes of Jesus, we are winners.

Charlie Brown’s autobiography may be aptly titled, “Born to Lose.”  But you and I, our autobiography should be…

“Born Again to Lose.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a few more chapters to write.  How about writing one today?

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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