John 12:25, “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”
Matthew 6:21 says, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” We are told by Paul to set our affections (love) on things above. Where ever your heart is found, that’s where your treasure will be found. A person who loves this world has set their affections on things below and their heart is given to this life. Jesus said that these people will lose their “life.” Your life is not the breath in your body, it is what you give yourself to. These that lost their life lost everything that they poured their time and energy into. You could say that they lived “the American Dream” but anyone with vision sees that this dream is really a nightmare. These words should cut you, “He that loveth his life shall lose it.” “Whoever is a friend of the world is an enemy with God,” – James 4:4.
To HATE this life sounds like a strong phrase, but Jesus didn’t mean anything different. Jesus didn’t speak casually, everything He said the Father told Him to say. In order to hate this life you have to gain the knowledge of God and truly love Him. When you love Him you begin to love what He loves and hate what He hates. We are living in a redemptive age, full of sin and rebellion against God. GOD HATES SIN! With an eternal perspective you can see the bliss when it was Adam and Eve in the garden with God, and you can see the bliss in the ages to come. According to this perspective you live with righteous indignation in this present age, hating this life because it is CONTRARY TO YOUR GOD! It is everything that is against the one you LOVE! “Whoever is a friend of the world is an enemy with God.” To be a lover of God is to hate this life, learn to love Him.
With eyes to see what is to come, you violently go against the current and set your affections on things above. If you do this you will be storing up for yourself treasure in heaven that you will keep for eternity.
Think About It – Look at your life; the music you listen to, what you watch on t.v., the jokes you laugh at, the words that come out of your mouth. Then by those things you will know whether you are TRULY a lover, or His enemy. James 4:4.
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