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. -Mark 8:35 (KJV)
Charles Haddon Spurgeon gave a challenge over 100 years ago that still rings true today:
Lose all rather than your integrity, and when all else is gone, still hold fast a clear conscience as the rarest jewel which can adorn the bosom of a mortal. Be not guided by the will-o-the-wisp of policy, but by the pole star of divine authority. Follow the right at all hazards. When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight. Do God the honour to trust Him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle. See whether he will be your debtor! See if he doth not even in this life prove His word that “Godliness, with contentment, is great gain,” and that they who “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, shall have all these things added unto them.”
When you are willing to be to Jesus what Jesus was in His humanity to the Father, then Jesus will be to your humanity what the Father was to Him.
A wise man said, “The slave to the compass has freedom of the seas. The rest must sail close to shore.”
hattip: Kingdom Authority, Adrian Rogers, pp. 66-67