For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death every time—death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at his call.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
Question: [Disclaimer: This is purely intellectual. I don't want to set off red flags.]
If I truly believe 16:25, then why would I not purchase a one way ticket to the most anti-Christian country in the world, preach there, get thrown in jail, die after a few decades, and have my ticket to heaven?
If I believe 16:25, then it seems it's impossible to live a lifestyle similar to those who believe in the prosperity "gospel." Therefore, if I live in a life style of prosperity "gospel", it seems like either:
- I doubt the words of Christ or
- I love the world more than I love God
Theologically / logically, is there any other way to explain this?
In fact, what greater act of faith is there than the willingness to sacrifice all in this life on an utterance of Christ?