"Remember Lot's wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it."
Here is a good lesson that we can learn from Lot's wife..
God pulled her out, but she turned around and looked back at her life. She spent many years creating her life at Sodom and Gomorrah. She had a family. She had many friends. She had her home. When God called her out, she looked back for all those things. God saw that. He cut her off there and turned her into a pillar of salt.
We often misunderstand the verses above and think that when the time comes that we have a gun to our head to reject Christ or die, we must be willing to die. Many Christians will say they're willing to die for Christ, but what about when He asks you to die to the life you have right now? What if He tells you that He doesn't want your life to be yours anymore, but for it to be entirely His as He wills it to be however He chooses it to be? Would you go forward and not look back?
If we hold on to our lives with a tight, white wrist grip, we will lose it. Let's lose it now.. and gain eternity with HIM. Let the old man die, let God kill our earthly lives, and let it become HIS life not ours. What a victory it is to say that it is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.