Growth comes through loss and gain comes through starting again. Jesus expressed this truth about life when He said, ‘For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it’ Mark 8.35 NIV.
THE MISER DOES NOT SAVE
It is apparent that those who cling to what they possess by way of attitudes and beliefs are not as blessed as those who seek life and truth for its own sake. Not that the former are aware of what they are not. The latter are however aware of who they are they have a love of life because they are life and this not of themselves but it is the gift of God’s eternal life.
CROSS APPEARS LOSS BUT US GAIN
“Martin Luther was right, Christianity is not a theology of glory, but a theology of the cross. But to choose the way of the cross over the way of glory is a hard lesson to learn.” (1) We may not overtly be glory seekers. But we may seek and identity and a status in tradition and belief that numbs us to life and to truth.
‘Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God’ John 3.3 NIV. There are people who have given their entire lives in service to God who have only ever seen the Kingdom through a key hole because the gospel they promoted was not Christ’s gospel.
SPIRIT AND LIFE
Jesus called the undiluted, un-encumbered non-insulated oneness that is ours in nakedness with Christ, spirit and life. There is no substitute for it in religion. The genuine articles is simply incarnation – union with God. Richard Rohr calls this living in the ‘naked now’. Jesus calls it ‘Me and My Father are one.’ This oneness is yours. Harry came to a cross-roads in his life. He saw plainly that what those he loved has ministered as the gospel was in fact a dead horse. Jesus was offering him a life steed. Our loss may be the repenting of substitutes and our gain will be a life that is not ours that is us. We are born again.
(1) Zahnd, Brian. The Unvarnished Jesus: A Lenten Journey (p. 10). Kindle Edition.