John 12:25 "Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in the world will keep it for eternal life."
Do you like your life? Do you like yourself? If you could, would you change anything? Before you answer the questions, take a look around you and compare yourself and life with others. You will discover that there are those who have it a lot better than you do and there are those who have it a lot worse. No matter what you may think of yourself or life, there are many who would gladly change places with you. It is human nature to be dissatisfied with the way things are. It is something that only the Lord can change in us.
We are confined to this world. This life is the only life we know. We are ingrained with the thought that our contentment and happiness is based on how we fair in the world. We live to accomplish or attain what the world offers. Most base their self-worth by what this life is.
Jesus makes it clear that when we base our worth on what this life is and live for what the world can offer us, we will lose what life really is. Real life is eternal; it is the spirit of man that matters. We are more than flesh and bones; we are spiritual beings and we will live on forever after we die. When we invest ourselves only in this life, we will spend eternity in hell. Those who ignore their souls will pay a huge price for it in eternity.
Only those who value their souls and invest it in Christ will escape hell and be in heaven after they die. We must not cling to the world, but cling to Christ if we want to go to heaven. We must hate what the world offers and love what God offers. We can't have it both ways. Those who are in Christ are sold out to Christ. They live for Him and Him alone.