Whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it
When I spend time in the city centre, talking to ordinary people and proclaiming the gospel, I find positive and encouraging reactions from the majority of those I meet. Occasionally someone asks me why I gave up my career and my ambitions to do this work for the Lord. I noticed that many remain surprised (sadly) when I tell them that I do this because I love God and I love the people in this world so much that I had to give up my life to let them know that there is a much greater meaning of life with God (here on earth and beyond).
These thoughts brought me to reflect on Mordecai in the book of Esther (I have the film if anyone is interested). When Mordecai found out that Haman was plotting to kill all the Jews, Mordecai could no longer live as before. He tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes as a symbol of his despair. Instead of running far away, he stayed in front of the king’s palace, he refused the clothes that Esther sent him because he could not live his life normally knowing that his people were in grave danger.
Mordecai loved his people so much that he put his life on the line in order to save them. His arch-enemy Haman planned to hang Mordecai, but Mordecai did not fear death. He trusted in the Lord and acted not in his own interest but in the interest of his people. His clothing, his lifestyle, his interests were all changed by his dedication to save his beloved people.
All I know is that my life belongs to the Lord and I gladly give it to Him as He gave it to me. There are no words to describe the joy, the peace, the happiness that I found in the Lord and I would like for others to find the same things in the Lord. Isn’t happiness what everyone wants?
Perhaps, next time I am asked why I gave up my career and my dreams to follow the Lord I can tell them the story of Mordecai and how he loved his people; and I could tell them that the only thing that motivates me is love.
For two thousand years people have been fascinated by the person of Jesus. He has inspired ordinary individuals and leaders of empires. He has been interpreted, followed, argued over and worshipped all over the world. Even our calendar is organised around his birth.