Throughout life we can lose a lot of things that we value. Whether it be we lose our loved ones, or our carefree spirit is lost to trauma, or our security caves under the pressure of an illness. Loss is apart of our life.
It’s what gives life it’s value. If we can’t lose something then more than likely we will take it for granted. Today, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ve just been living my life assuming it is about establishing a very structured, boxed in existence in order to remain safe and secure. But the reality of loss keeps reminding me how this box that I sometimes put myself in is not how God wants me to live.
In fact it is the very opposite of living.
A lot of times all that is holding us back from being obedient, and embracing a life following Jesus, is fear.
We can forget that loss is a reality of life when we box ourselves into thinking if we can just build one more “safety” fence then we will be safe. But little do we realize we are doing these things because we are afraid to lose something valuable to us.
In the New Testament there is a parable that Jesus told where a Master gives three of his servants talents. One talent for one man, two talents for the second man, and five talents for the third man. Each worker was to be a steward of what their Master gave them.
But the man with the one talent was so afraid that he might LOSE the money the master gave him instead of making a profit, he actually went and buried the money in the ground in order to keep it safe.
In Matthew 25:25 it says:
so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.
When the boss came back he wasn’t very happy about it and gave his money to the worker who now had ten talents. The fact is our boxes limit us. It prevents us from living the life God has given us.
Maybe this Christmas season we need to remember that life’s a gift. The reality of loss helps us to value the life that we get to live. We can embrace God’s grace for us to live in the moment, and this grace also covers the loss that we experience on a daily basis. The loss that will never be healed back to normal, but will be renewed and restored.
I think it’s interesting that the servants who invested their talents also doubled their talents. Just like in the book of Job where God gave him double what he had lost.
I also think about the woman who poured out the expensive perfume to anoint Jesus before He went to the cross. She let go of her entire inheritance for Jesus. She poured out her life for Him. What she gave was an investment, and she didn’t bury her expensive perfume in order to keep it “safe.”
In the parable of the talents the two men who doubled their talents went straight to work once they received their talents. I wonder what the man with the one talent did with all his extra time between burying his talent and when the Master came back. In the parable the Master calls his servant “wicked and slothful.” That seems a bit harsh, but I think the message is very clear, if we aren’t investing what Jesus has given us then we aren’t being faithful to Him.
When we look to Jesus and think about all He has given us, I think choosing to live our life and pour it out for Him is truly the only way to experience something new and rewarding.
So today, I am reflecting on what it looks like for me to pour out my life for Jesus. After all that He has given me I truly feel pouring out my life for Him is my purpose in life.
Thankfully it only has to happen one day at a time, and I only have to take up my cross daily, and He most certainly gives more grace.
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