Matthew 10:39 says:
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
This is a great concept. The thing that we are rquired to give and the thing that we get in return for its sacrifice is our very lives. This is not some sad, zero-sum game. We are gaining forgivness, and peace with GOD (1 John 1:9, Romans 5:1). GOD also says that if we dlight ourselves in him that he will give us our heart’s desire. We know this to be true because if we are delighting in him then what we get is more of him. We delight in GOD, he gives us more of him! (Psalm 37:4, Matthew 7:7) How wonderful!
If we all keep God in first place in our lives and He will take us places we have never been. He will lift us up and make us a shining example. Placing God first means living our lives through the prism of His word – Psalm 119: 105. Keeping Him first will please Him exceedingly; and when that happens, He makes even our critics be at peace with us. Proverbs 16: 7. You shall excel IJN. Shalom.