Behind The Song “One Life To Lose”

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“One Life to Lose” is a song that I wrote one night when I was reflecting on a quote that I heard from Jim Elliott that said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” I remember as a child, hearing this story about him and Nate Saint, and all of the men who went overseas where the Gospel cost them their lives. I remember that this became my greatest fear as a child— that if I followed God then the Gospel would cost me my life. It’s funny how my fears have changed as I have gotten older, because as an adult my greatest fear would be that the Gospel won’t cost me my life. My fear is that I will just live as a comfortable, conservative Christian my whole life; because I think about how comfortable I am and how conservative I am, and it sometimes bothers me. At the end of the day, I want to have spent for the cause of Christ. Paul says it best when he says, “My life I’ve poured out as a drink offering.” He had used all of his resources, all of his time, and had exhausted himself for the sake of the advancement of the Gospel—and I want this to be said about me at the end of the day. Jesus is certainly clear when he teaches that we have one life, and those who lose their life for the sake of His will ultimately find it.

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