"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." (Luke 9:24)
Jesus Christ is expressing a great truth here. The maxims of the Bible are very contrary to the maxims of the world. The Bible says, "If anyone wants to be exalted, he must humble himself. If anyone wants to be wise, he must become a fool."
The Sermon on the Mount is the natural outcome of a regenerate life when fully developed. It is simply wonderful how Jesus states things that are going to be your experience. Unfortunately, we do not take God at His Word. Hence we do not see the fruit. If people do not believe in humbling themselves and confessing their sins, how can they see such fruit? But if we are truly born of the Spirit, we will find that all God's are ours and all ours are God's. God will be in you and you in God! How happy you will feel when all your children belong to God! Why do people hesitate to give their children to God? They do not accept the fact that their children belong to God and not to themselves and they have no claim on them more than God has. "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" (I Corinthians 6:19). We are not our own. Do you know your body is not yours? Then you will know how to adorn it when you go to worship God. Your face is not yours. Is your face acceptable before God? When you wash your heart with the Word of God a heavenly beauty will come into your face.
You are not your own. It is a great step in spiritual life to know you are not your own. If you have not come to that level, you must weep. Many mothers are to blame for the illness and sufferings of their children. It is because they do not come to the place of knowing they are not their own. The time is coming when you are going to throw away your body and your adornments. Your body will be in the grave and you will be elsewhere. It is better to know now, when you are still in the body, that your body is not your own.