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Our Loss, Our Gain

Posted on Jul 05 , 2014 in Faith & Grace & Life Lessons

Our Loss, Our Gain

© By Brad L Hodges

Economic disasters like recessions and depressions often bring financial losses to individuals that may take many years to recover from, if ever.

Emotional disasters like divorce and death bring losses that leave scars on our hearts that can also take great spans of time to recover from and never truly leave us.

We are a society that doesn’t like to lose at anything and that is reflected in our obsessions with our sports teams winning, our careers climbing and our wealth accumulating.

One of the more derogatory terms one individual can use toward another is “loser.” It denotes someone who is demoted to the lowest rung of the perceived winners ladder.

A famous football coach once said; “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

Whether our losses are physical, financial or emotional, involve real losses of possessions or emotional decompensation, losing is painful and difficult to accept.

However, if one is a believer the perspective and reality of loss shifts dramatically. First and foremost if one has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior they have already gained the greatest win of all and that is eternal life with Him. Nothing of this earth can surpass that and the “loser” suddenly becomes the victor over all loss and “the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace,” as the old hymn relays.

All that we once held tightly onto in our efforts to win become garbage when held up to the magnificent light of the glory of God.

When one accepts Christ they lose the old self and gain the new man or woman who will forever be in the winners circle of eternal life. Nothing else will matter in that eternal sphere where the losses of life are forever left behind. Our loss of the old self becomes our gain in the new life with Christ.

Philippians 3:7-11
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.


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