“I needed to lose you to find me,”

“I needed to lose you to love me.”

Written above are popular lyrics by Selena Gomez. The pop singer, writing about a breakup, claims that once this particular romantic relationship ended, her true self emerged. And, as she became intimately acquainted with her own soul, her own heart began to love itself.

This is a powerful truth.

Yet, to the Christian, the lyrics must differ slightly. Rather than simply walking away from an unhealthy relationship with another human being – though, this is often necessary – we are to lose our own lives.

“I needed to lose me to find you, Jesus.”

“I needed to lose me to love you, Jesus.”

In dying, I get to keep my life for eternity.