This one is hard to miss. Three out of four Gospels have this verse in common. I used to think about someone living their life for God – and that was what I imagined when I read this verse. but here is the kicker: Just add anything we view as important to this simple equation.
If you try to hang on to your _______________ (fill in the blank)
you will lose it.
But If you give up your _______________ (fill in the blank)
for my sake, you will save it.
This is a verse about total surrender. I guess I just never had ears to hear.