Five Minute Free Writes – Every week I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. Each week the prompt is revealed Thursday evening. You can find more information here.
This week our prompt is: Lose
Setting my timer….and Go!
No one likes to lose. No one plans to enter the game and lose. No one strives (or doesn’t strive) to be the worst and come in last. We are all pushing for a crown. Paul reminds us, life is like a race. We are all competing to obtain the crown, but the difference is in entirety there are more than one crowns. Jesus doesn’t have an All-Star player. Jesus doesn’t have a first, second, or third place Christian. We will all be striving for the same crown, but it is the crown of service. The crown of a Christian isn’t about being first.
We have rewards waiting for us, but to win isn’t what the world would think. We are called to be last in this world. Losers. Achievement and success are not wrong – but if they begin to take the place of our God and others, we must examine our heart. Jesus could have taught the disciples about service a number of ways, but one thing He demonstrated (as they all clamored around Him to be the greatest) was how to wash feet.
The person washing the feet is the loser. The last place. The least. Jesus said: Do this. So, our own ideas of winning and losing are different than the world’s. Winning means service. Winning means laying down our own selfish lives to serve. Losing is gaining the whole world to forfeit your soul.
Matthew 16:24-26 24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?