Eternal Life Series, Lesson 7

HATING THIS LIFE IN THIS WORLD

7th GUARANTEE:  HATING THIS WORLDLY LIFE

(John 12:25-26)

25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

 

Just like the rest of The Lord’s guarantees that revolve around the believing and following disciple, this guarantee also focus on a disciple’s service and ‘follower-ship’ unto Him. This is attested in verse 26 when He refers to anyone who serves Him to be also encouraged to follow Him so that he or she will also end up where The Lord is situated, having also received the great blessing of being honored by His Father, The Almighty God.

 

This statement of The Lord may sound negative without first understanding the depth of His message that leads to His guarantee for eternal life. Does The Christ really want us to be such anti-life or against the enjoyment of it? That is far from being the true message of The Lord. How so? Because He promised those who will truly serve and follow and do His work to receive manifold blessings from Him:

 

(Luke 18:28-30)

28 Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”

29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

 

HOW MAN’S LOVE FOR CHRIST IS LESSENED

What then is the deeper message of The Lord concerning how we should value our life in this world? He simply does not want us to value anything nor anyone in this world more than how we would value Him and His work. He understands that both the world’s fortunes and the pursuit of acquiring them could easily veer someone away from following Him and doing His work.

 

Here is one example of a person who already acquired fortunes and riches but allowed these things to stop him from completely following The Lord Yeshua-Christos:

 

(Matthew 19:17, 21-23)

17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

 

As very well recorded, a man’s wealth or fortune could stop him from following The Lord and doing His work. This event shows how one rather trusts or clings to his wealth and fortunes as those that give him comfort and security than clinging on the promises of The Lord and trusting on Him as the Master who can provide all of one’s needs and even more!

 

How about those who do not possess wealth and good fortunes, is eternal life already guaranteed just because they are poor? Not quite so, in fact, they possess the same danger as those with riches simply because they will become so preoccupied with the pursuit of acquiring their daily needs and in building up fortunes in order to ‘secure a bright future’. The Lord Yeshua already knew about this scenario which is why He taught us this:

 

(Matthew 6:25-32)

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

 

(John 6:26-27a)

26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life…

 

The poor are just in the same danger of being overwhelmed with the things that pertain to this world as the rich people. And The Christ knew this about man in such that He taught us to not worry about these concerns, including even our basic necessities, but rather to have faith on what The Heavenly Father can do as He can provide even more to us than the birds in the air or the lilies of the field.

 

MAN CANNOT HAVE TWO MASTERS

(Matthew 6:19-21, 24)

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

 

The Lord Yeshua already knew what would also prevent people from serving God and doing His work. Other than man’s survival needs He can also be overwhelmed by His desire to acquire earthly treasures or material things which He refers as mammon. Pursuing to save for oneself earthly treasures and wealth is already serving mammon, our own self-created god of material desire, and is taking man away from serving God through His work.

 

From the above statements of The Lord, we can discern that these three mental focuses of man – 1) trust on riches, 2) worries about survival needs, and 3) saving earthly treasures or wealth – can put man’s heart to love the world and mammon, which makes him an idolater before God! And because of man’s service to mammon God is not please unto him anymore for He, since the beginning of time, wants man to love and serve Him alone and nothing nor no one else!

 

TRUST IN GOD AND LET HIM PROVIDE

How then can man thrive and enjoy everything that the world has to offer without falling in love with the world and not becoming a subject to mammon? The Christ Yeshua offers the perfect solution to this dilemma of man:

 

(Matthew 6:33)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

The Savior saves us all from this dilemma! The solution He offers is even much easier than everything that man has ever conceptualized, which still has not solve his quest to counter scarcity. If all things shall be provided to you, what else could you possibly need? Nothing. But how can one receive all things that he needs? By seeking first God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness. Not seeking His priorities after your needs, not second or third but first. It also does not mean that you will not seek or work for all of your needs, you just have to make them next after God’s Kingdom and Righteousness. And whatever you prioritize behind God’s priorities, whatever you work for after you have worked The Lord’s work, those things God will bless so that you will not lack for anything in this life – and not just the basic needs but also on things that gives you enjoyment in life. And all of these without having to love the world and serve mammon!

 

Let us recall the statement of The Christ prohibiting us to “not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth”. He discouraged us to spend our time working towards saving earthly treasures or wealth for ourselves for when we do so who are we now serving? Ourselves that has become our own mammon! What if we work to acquire money that we may serve the needy for such is The Lord’s required service? What if we ‘lay-up treasures’ but not for ourselves but in order to benefit those in need? That's how it should be for then we are fulfilling The Lord’s requirement to seek first God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness. And if we wrap our lives with The Lord’s work then we will not lack for anything (Matthew 6:33), we will even “receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:30).

 

THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS

What is God’s Kingdom and who is His righteousness that He wants us to seek first? The Kingdom of God is the rule or reign of God’s Son with the Authority of The Father (a link to our article on the Kingdom of God is provided below). While God’s Righteousness that we should seek first is none other than The Lord Yeshua-Christos:

 

(Isaiah 42:6)

6 “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles

 

The Christ Yeshua is the manifestation of God’s Righteousness and is the one entrusted the judgment of God (John 5:22, 27) and salvation (Isa. 49:6 / Jn. 3:15-18). He is also man’s only hope to be received in the Sacred Union, the union with God, His Son Yeshua and all those who are received through Him (John 17:21) as He is the only Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6). The Christ Yeshua then is the true religion and His Way is what God decreed people to find and walk therein as He stated in the prophecy (Jeremiah 6:16). For a more thorough presentation, please bookmark and read the following articles:

 

CONCLUSION

The statement of Christ concerning hating one’s life was figuratively spoken. It simply means that He does not want us to either be very comfortable in this life that we put our trust on acquired wealth, nor spend time worrying about our needs and necessities, nor pursue to save up or build up a fortune that we end up neglecting Him and His work and forgetting the life that He promised. He wants us to only put our trust unto God. This understanding is proven true with His commandment for us to seek first God’s kingdom and His Righteousness - the Kingdom of God being The Lord Yeshua-Christos' rule or reign with the government, authority and power of God; while God’s Righteousness that we should seek above everything else is The Christ Himself being the only Way to be received in the Sacred Union with God and His Son Yeshua-Christos, thus receiving peace and eternal life.

. .. Father Thy Will be done. .. 

 

(John 8:32) 

". .. the truth shall make you free.”

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