Here Jesus presented a paradox to His disciples. The person who tries to cling to control and strives to preserve his life for self satisfaction will actually destroy himself in the end; but the life given to Christ, “lost” to self, is preserved or rescued by Him. We can try to build security and hope through earthly rewards, relationships, fame, or fortune, but none of it will last beyond the second our physical body dies. What good will “stuff” be then? My step-grandma had a little plaque that hung on the kitchen wall with this simple yet profound statement: “Only one life will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” By giving over control to the One who loved us enough to die as our sin sacrifice, we will discover true security and hope that stretches into eternity.