For years I helped humanitarian aid companies move their cargo internationally to places in Latin America and Africa.

Many were devoted. Beyond devoted, in fact. This was their life, their mission—to help others.

I’ve always had a special connection with these kind of people.

And Jesus commends this kind of devotion when he tells his followers: whoever loses his life will find it.

Except, he gives this one qualification. He says, “for my sake” (Matthew 16:25).

Altruism—for as good as it is—isn’t good enough on its own.

In the end, it’s a question of investment. Our time here is short, but our existence isn’t.

The more important question is: are we losing our life for something that will matter today?

Or today + eternity?

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