Luke 17:33 says, “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”
I wrote this scripture down after reading it and put a big question mark beside it. Huh???
If you try to save your life, you will lose it, but if you lose your life, you will save it?
This seems so backward to our natural way of thinking, but you have to look at the whole context to gain a better understanding of what it means.
In this chapter of Luke, Jesus is talking to his disciples about the end times and his return.
He explains how some will be left behind while others are taken up into glory with Him.
He then gives reference to the days of Lot and how Sodom became a wicked place.
(Jesus gave Lot and his family a chance to escape Sodom before he destroyed it)
As they were leaving Sodom, Lot’s wife turned back because she cared so much for the things that she had.
She was hoping to save the life that she had and did not want to lose it, but because she turned back she lost everything, including her life.
If she would have just left it all or lose it, as the verse says, she would have preserved her own life and future.
I think that Jesus is simply telling us that if we hope to be saved, then we must be willing to leave everything behind.
When he says that we must lose our life, he is not talking about death, but our way of living and the life that we have lived in this world.
Yes, sometimes it is better to lose your life, if you want to save it and preserve your future.
I would love to hear your point of view on this verse.
What do you think it means?
Are you willing to lose your life to preserve it?