I don’t know who Stephen Jones is, but he is reputed in a great post on Half Write to have originated this title. In a comment there Gary reminded me of this scripture.

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39

Perused strictly from a carnal understanding, this portion of scripture makes no sense at all, but when spiritually understood, it is a Christian’s promise of the most glorious assurance. It is a spectacular announcement that goes to the heart of Hope and entangles itself with the eternal, extending into that not comprehended by mere mortal thinking.

It’s one of God’s gleaming principles: lose your life and you will find it! So, yes, Jesus is for losers. We give up the “pleasures of sin,” and gain instead splendor and glory–not only in Heaven, but in a life lived on this earth in a godly, righteous, fulfilling manner.

Along the way we lose other things. Love it!

We lose drunkenness and carousing. We lose wretched morning after hangovers. We lose brawls in our homes and sleepless nights and hiding in the dark. We lose the fear of passing a police car on the street, of hearing the dreaded knock of authorities on our door, of the lack of peace when we slip into our beds at night. We lose the horrific thought of standing before God, unprepared. We lose drug-induced comas and vomiting into the midnight gutter. We lose homelessness, and friendlessness. We lose too the posibility of hearing the words, “Depart from me. I never knew you.”

We’re losers, alright, happy, joyful, Heaven-bound losers.

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3 thoughts on “Jesus Is For Losers

  1. It is Steve Taylor, not Stephen Jones and he was a great christian artist from the 80s and 90s. He was also the producer that helped bring the Newsboys to mainstream popularity.

    Thank you, Gary for the correction. Don’t know where I came up with Stephen Jones.

  2. Did anyone ever tell you that you have a way with words? Mom and I liked this one. It’s been a while since we were both able to view your blog, but we have finally gotten down to the business center at our apt. complex and are using the computer here. Another good entry on “God Things.”

    Thank you, Tommy, for your kindness and your compliments.

    Glad you’re finally settled in since your move. Are you happy with your new place?

    Please say hello to your mother.

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