The word “loser” has had bad connotations for most of my life. However, now it has become famous with the latest TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Focused on how much weight a person can lose through exercise and diet, the Biggest Loser TV show has made many people famous as they lose 30, 40, and even over 50% of their body weight (up to 160 lbs or more!). The motivation that these people have had to lose that much weight in order to get healthy amazes me. They committed their lives to lose as much weight as possible.
There is a similar story about being a loser in the Bible. Jesus said:
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
While this doesn’t deal with losing weight, it does deal with similar struggles. First, you must have the motivation to lose something. Secondly, you must commit to losing it. In this case, Jesus is talking about giving one’s life up in order to save one’s soul.
What does that mean? It simply means: if you decide to live for yourself here on earth (as a lost person), then your eternal soul will be lost (you will not go to Heaven). However, if you lose your life (commit your life to Christ and His teachings) – you will save your eternal soul (and go to Heaven).
So, is your eternal life worth it? Or do you feel that your short life here on earth is really worth losing your soul? It’s a simple question that for all of us has eternal consequences.
I pray today that you will become the biggest loser of your earthly life, and save your eternal soul. Next time you talk with somebody about the TV reality show Biggest Loser (or about losing weight in general), you can now use that opportunity to share your faith and help save another soul through the Scripture quoted above!