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February 12, 2019, 9:08 AM

If you lose your life you will gain it

Zig Ziglar once said, "If you help people get what they want they will help you get whatever you need." 

Ziglar was a leadership and sales guru and was a Christian. He was trying to help people understand that if you serve others and add value to other people's lives you will achieve your own personal goals along the way. 

Everything is about serving people. 

If you want to be successful at whatever you want to be successful at you must learn this lesson. It's all about people. This kind of backwards thinking that Jesus introduced in Matthew 10 actually works. 

Jesus said, "If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it." Matthew 10:39 NLT

Some may say this almost sounds like the great Yoda from Star Wars. It's pretty backwards. Just imagine telling this to someone about their car keys. "If you cling to your car keys you will lose them, but if you give up your car keys you will find them." Well, that doesn't make any sense. It might not make sense with trying to find your car keys, but it makes sense when it comes to serving others. 

So let's say that you are trying to lead a group of people. You have a goal to reach with these people. If every meeting and every training is all about you telling them how they can make you successful how motivated do you think they'll be? Ultimately, you might be right, but it's not very good leadership. But let's say you bring them in and you establish methods to make them successful and to help them meet their goals. You help them see ways that they can make more money and be more successful in your company. You reach out and try to serve them. Their motivation level goes up, because you are talking about adding value to their lives. Now they will go out and be more successful in your company and will ultimately add value to your life...but you had to serve first. You had to give up your life to find it. 

When Jesus said that the second greatest commandment was to love your neighbor, to serve anyone who needed served, he wasn't kidding. Jesus knew what he was talking about. If his church was going to grow and spread and get the truth out, people had to feel valued and loved. When you see the early church growing by thousands in the book of Acts one of the biggest causes of growth was people loving and serving others. People gave up houses and lands to make sure people had what they needed to live. People sold things and brought money to the apostles so that people could be taken care of and be successful. People were giving up their lives so that they could find it. 

This might sound a little backwards but it works. If it's not broken lets not fix it. 

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