“Near the close of his long life, Alexander Whyte wrestled with the problem of whether he should preach more on the gentler themes and less on sin. He said that what seemed a divine voice spoke to his conscience: “No! Go on, and flinch not!” He was impressed to continue preaching as he had in the past, “for no one else will do it. No one else will so risk his life and reputation as to do it. And you have not much of either left to risk.” Such dedication to a difficult and unpopular ministry is a rare thing today.”
~ Vance Havner
Lost and Found
By Vance Havner
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Most of us are out to succeed, to achieve our own ends, to accomplish our own goals and aims. But God operates a Lost and Found Department, wherein a man loses himself in Another, exchanges self-realization for Christ-realization. It takes out all the fever and strain, the mad drive to reach some goal this crazy world has set, or some mark we have put up for ourselves. Today millions crack up in this insane scramble, but the man who lives for Christ’s sake finds by losing what others lose forever trying to find.
You will observe that Jesus said, “He that loseth his life for my sake.” Never forget that qualification. That rules out mere altruism and idealism. Martyrs in scientific research, men who lose themselves in music or art or medicine, soldiers on battlefields, do not necessarily come into this category. We must lose ourselves for His sake. Not even for religion’s sake – for His sake. We are inclined to take in too much territory here.
God’s “Lost and Found” operates “for Christ’s sake.”