“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8:35).
Those on the outside looking in will sometimes say to people of faith, “Why are you throwing your life away? You’re missing out on so much.” Even Jesus had to deal with those seeking to steer his life toward the “greener pastures” of bigger and better things (John the Baptist in Matthew 3:14; Peter in Mark 8:32). Yet, on those occasions when he might have been tempted to “save” his life and ministry, but chose instead to throw his life away to the purposes of God, at each one the Father honored his sacrifice. Your going to throw your life away to something. Throw it away to something that matters; that stands the test of eternity; that gains the applause of heaven and not men.