“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it. . .” (Luke 14:28 MKJV)
Jimmy Cagney, in 1956 a made-for-radio production, played a vagrant reporter caught up in a mission for justice in a small town being bullied by a powerful man of low integrity. A political official told him not to expect help in his quest. “You have nothing to lose,” the man told the reporter.
Nothing to lose! We’ve learned about the rich man Y’shuaJesus asked to sell all, and then to give the money to the poor. The cost was high. He had much to lose. Too much. At least that’s what he thought.
When we have something, how do we have an attitude toward G-d that is as if we had nothing to lose? In part it’s loyalty, dedication, integrity. Y’shuaJesus said (Luke 14:26) “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” And we’re all familiar with (Mat 6:24) “No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
So we applaud the reporter for his persistence in seeking justice, boldly speaking truth. It’s something big, something obviously needing a crusader. That reporter stirred people against the tyranny of the reprobate. But then he could, he couldn’t himself be attacked. Unlike one character in the story, he didn’t have a home with a mortgage that might come under jeopardy by fighting against evil. He didn’t hold a public office. He couldn’t be fired. He was foot-loose, fancy-free, as the expression puts it. A vagrant. No job. No home. Nothing to lose.
But how can I live my life as if I had nothing to lose? Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Strong faith enables the servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most haughty foes. We know that our enemies are attempting impossibilities. They seek to destroy the eternal life, which cannot die while Jesus lives.”
So to the love we have toward our Lord and Savior that fosters dedication, integrity, loyalty, we add the knowledge of our true life: eternal life. An eternal perspective. It can’t be taken from me. Y’shuaJesus granted it; He will keep it for me. With that in mind, what else is important? There is to be only One Who is to be my Lord, my Master. I must focus upon Him, who holds the key to Heaven, and ultimately the key to Earth.
Focusing on G-d each day is making a choice to be loyal, dedicated to Y’shuaJesus. It is integrity. It is honesty. It is considering G-d and His glory in each decision I make during the day. In the little decisions. In the big decisions. In each choice, I must choose the way that exalts G-d, that is true to Him. This applies equally to small things as big. It applies to things in private, unseen by anyone, as to things very public, seen by all.
Live today as if we have nothing to lose. For really we don’t. Earth will pass away. Heaven awaits us all, if not today, then tomorrow or the next tomorrow. Eternity with G-d awaits those called by Him.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .