The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
I watched the finale of The Biggest Loser last night. I love that show! I love following the contestant through the entire season from a HUGE start to a tiny finish, these contestants sweat and labor to finish strong. I love witnessing their determination. And it isn’t just that they want to be skinny and wear slimmer clothes, the fact that they are there reflects something much bigger than that; they are finally ready to change. Going even further- the ones who make it to the finale, the finalists are truly ready to deal with the issues that kept them in bondage to selfishness and in effect, overweight. And what could you do with $250,000? Wow. Even if you were the at home winner, what could you do with $100,000? A ton! That would be utterly life changing!
This morning in my devotions I was wondering, who are The Biggest Losers in the Kingdom of God? Who, after losing it all, actually win? Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are those who mourn… Blessed are the gentle… Blessed are those who have been persecuted… Blessed are YOU when people insult you…” This is a description of the people of God. And there is more! But in this, the biggest losers in the world’s eyes are the ones who actually win… Jesus continues by saying, “…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven… for they shall be comforted… for theirs is the kingdom of heaven… for they shall see God…” The reward is not in the here and now, it is still coming. In summation of the previous eight verses, Matthew 5:12 says, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great…”
The biggest losers in the world are actually the biggest winners according to Jesus. Jesus started something big, although it didn’t start that way. Jesus started a paradoxical movement that changed and shaped, and continues to change and shape our world. He started a paradoxical movement in which the biggest losers are the biggest winners. The poor in spirit “get” the Kingdom of God. The mourners are comforted. The gentle inherit the Earth. The pure in heart see God. The Peacemakers are called sons of God. The persecuted and insulted and mistreated of the world are the biggest losers of all- and yet their reward is the greatest of all.
So what could you do with a reward like that? What could you do if you were called a son of God? If yours was the Kingdom of God? If you were truly satisfied, comforted and saw God? How great a reward we have as the biggest losers!
My name is Nathan Cornett and I live in San Diego, CA. I have lived here all my life and I absolutely love it! San Diego has the perfect (in my opinion) blend of city and rural life with nearly "perfect" weather most of the year. For example, most thanksgiving dinners I am in a pair of board shorts and returning from an afternoon of great surf. During the dead of winter I can be wearing shorts, flip flops and a t-shirt, and barely catch a chill. I love it.
I have been in ministry since I was 18, and felt called to youth ministry when I was 15 years old at a winter camp called Forest Home here in SoCal. My friends made fun of me, but I just always knew that God was calling me into youth ministry, and I am pursuing that call with everything in me.
My heart’s desire is to unite with pastors nationwide and even worldwide, to advance the Kingdom of God and encourage the Church. I believe in a radical Christianity in which every believer is called by God for his purposes, not just the pastor. I believe that God has a unique calling and purpose for every person and I want to see people live out of the calling God has for them.
I have been married for 2 years and I love my wife very much! No kids yet, but stay tuned...
I am looking forward to working with pastors all over the country; I am very open, so feel free to contact me anytime.