The Lucky Ones

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We are the lucky ones. As followers of Christ, we cannot lose and we cannot fail. How many people strive for the same thing in their own lives? People try to ensure their legacy through success in business, relationships, entertainment, or adventure. In the end, they will all fail. They will lose everything they thought they were building. Disciples of Jesus are the true winners in this world.

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Christ Himself said those who lose everything for His sake will gain it all back and then some (Matthew 10:39; Matthew 19:29). I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my time acquiring what I cannot lose than squandering it collecting what disappears almost as soon as I obtain it. Because we collect eternal wealth and rewards, we are indeed the lucky ones.

Everything in this world belongs to God. He created it all. It’s all His. Therefore, we cannot lose what was never ours in the first place. So many get this wrong. They think of what they acquire in this life is theirs. In truth, it belongs to God. He has simply loaned these things to humans for them to steward until He returns. What we do with what He has entrusted to us to manage has eternal ramifications (Matthew 25:14-30). Instead of worrying whether we will have enough saved for retirement, we would be better off making certain we had treasures stored in eternity. Rather than acquiring possessions to impress our friends and neighbors, we should be accumulating the accolades of angels and the Holy Spirit of God.

Need more proof we are the lucky ones? How about where we get to spend eternity? We will reign forever with the Creator of the Universe, the Savior of our souls, and the greatest love of our life. Take a moment to consider that. It’s overwhelming! It’s especially poignant when we consider the alternative. An eternity spent apart from God is the saddest state in which one could find themselves. Remember the moment in your life when you felt most alone and full of despair? Multiply that feeling by a million or so and you will begin approaching what those without God will feel for eternity. It’s devastating. We are indeed the lucky ones.

I do not wish to be too flippant in my usage of the word “lucky”. Luck has nothing to do with it after all. Jesus intentionally came to earth to live as one of us. He came to suffer and die for our sins, to secure our life because we could not do it on our own. That’s how much He loves us. There was no luck in His resurrection. It was pure, unadulterated power. Can you imagine your life without Christ? It makes me catch my breath. I am nothing without Him and everything in Him. This life is already more than I deserve. The next will be even more so. I am forever indebted to Jesus and His love for me. I know Him as my Lord and Savior. Truly, I am one of the lucky ones. How about you?