Letting go of attachments leads to new life.
(Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” on YouTube by clicking HERE)
A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
Jesus must have been quite an impressive speaker and also must have had a certain charisma that drew people to him.
So following him was probably something very attractive…until he told you the deal.
When you follow Jesus…you have to let go of your attachments to everything that the world says is important.
Now…that doesn’t mean you have to renounce those things. Jesus apparently enjoyed himself. “The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners’” (Matthew 11:19).
But he didn’t cling to any material thing.
Jesus made it clear that you can’t serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24).
With each passing year I see the folly in following the ways of the world and the fulfillment of following Jesus.
The pursuit of prestige, power and possessions leads to a dead end. Those three “P”s will disappear when we make the great transition at the end of our earthly lives.
But the fulfillment of following Jesus and growing in love will never end.
The key is to start dying to those dead-end trappings now.
Following Jesus will lead you out of your comfort zone and to letting go of things that don’t matter.
It may feel like dying…but it will paradoxically lead you to a place of joy, fulfillment, wholeness and new life.
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Remember…God loves you!
And the greatest letting go, of course — the letting go of life itself. Peace to all your readers.
Very true, Dennis. You are in my prayers throughout each day recently…and with each day my gratitude for meeting you and reading your writings…grows.