Week 50: Wednesday – Gaining in Losing

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Verses:  Mark 12:43-44

“I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything— all she had to live on.”

Quote:

“You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.”

― Barbara De Angelis

Two of the most inspiring stories about the Haiyan (Yolanda) typhoon that happened in our country were, first the story of this young boy in this picture:

Via Brown Man on Facebook

His name is Benjie and known to be a street kid in Butuan, Agusan Del Norte, Mindanao. Benjie, who normally begs for money in the area gave 2 pesos to the center to donate for the victims of the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

And the other one is this,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oOcNqKeNR4

A woman who lost her family and properties, lining up five times just to have something to eat and drink during that great crisis  but was willing to give up what she had to someone in need.

Loss intentionally done for the sake of others is a greater gain.

In this very selfish world, especially people in need, have all the more reason to be selfish; to keep things for themselves; to let their needs be met first than thinking of serving others’ needs. But people of poverty, of nothingness just like Benjie, the mother in the story and widow in the scripture, being willing to give what is left for themselves is a great gain indeed. These people will never lose anything in their lives.

They may lose what they have but they will never lose who they are, the imago dei in human beings.  Among all creatures we were created in the image of God. God is love and such is what God imparts in our hearts. The willingness to sacrifice for others is something that God imparts to us.

It’s the way of intentional loss.

Remember John 3:16

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…

God is willing to lose his Son for our sake. It was intentional. It was sacrificial. It is this kind of loss that blesses.

God’s loss gave us our deliverance, salvation and freedom to live like Him.

So any intentional loss on our part for the sake of the needs of others is something that God will not overlook but it will please Him and show God’s heart in us.

It’s the kind of loss that gives the heart the greatest gain indeed, to be like Jesus.

Are you willing to lose for the sake of others?

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