Posted: Saturday, April 15
Verse of the day:
“If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.” (Luke 17:33)
The context of today’s verse comes during Jesus teaching on the return of the Son of Man. Jesus is coming back. He even told us what the world would look like when he comes:
When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. (Luke 17:26-29)
Doesn’t that sound a lot like our world today? Christians are very busy about their lives from Monday through Saturday and may take time out on a Sunday to give God an hour. They may even skip and watch a podcast or online service that they can enjoy (be entertained) without it costing them any true investment of time, money, or community.
I wonder, if we could see the spiritual motivations of people today, would we see that they are clinging more to the things of their past or looking forward to the day of the Son of Man’s coming? If Jesus was to show up today, how many would put him off because they have things to do? I am sure if you asked people they would say “Of course not.” However, their actions tell another story. How quickly do we trade our time with God for just about anything? How strong do we hold to the bad habits in our lives and struggle to put them down to pick up our Bibles and meditate on its words?
Jesus gives us a pretty clear warning. The things that we cling to, we will end up losing. The things of this life that we think are so important just don’t carry the same influence where the Son of Man resides. In his kingdom, the key is not holding on, but letting go.
All of us have to deal with the things we cling to. All of us, if we are honest, have household idols that we cherish, habits that we don’t want to break, and priorities that we put before God. As we are surely living in the days that are described by Luke above, we need to make sure we are taking inventory of our lives. What cling-ons are weighing you down? What are you trying to bring from you past into your future? Isn’t it about time that instead of clinging, you trust God and just let go. It will save you in the end.