We all lose things: car keys, sock mates, computer files, credit cards, water bottles, etc. So how does a parent lose a child? That’s exactly what happened to Joseph & Mary when Jesus was 12 y/o, st the annual festival they attended in Jerusalem. His parents thought that Jesus was with the caravan returning to their village, so they didn’t look for Him nor worry about Him until a day had passed. When they began looking for Him, He wasn’t with everyone, so Joseph & Mary made their way back to Jerusalem to find Jesus.
Similar to Jesus’ parents, we can sometimes lose Jesus in the festivities & hubbub of the Christmas celebrations. So let’s be committed to keep a continual lookout for Jesus throughout each day of this Christmas season, watching for opportunities to be kind, loving generous & Christlike. Indeed, some of the best ways to experience Jesus is to spread His love in our daily living!
In my family, it seems like we lose things a lot. It’s one thing to lose a pen or maybe a shirt, but it’s a different story when I lose a credit card, drivers license, car title or some other such important item.
I don’t like to lose stuff. I don’t like the stress it causes, I don’t like the time spent to find what’s lost & it’s just a hassle when I lose stuff.
Sometimes I think we lose ourselves in lots of different stuff. Maybe you’ve been lost in the pursuit of being important or looking beautiful. It can be easy to get lost in the entertainment or political world & sometimes we can lose ourselves in trying to be good Christians.
Let’s be very clear that God never loses us. Indeed, we are the most found & find our greatest identity in the loving intimacy or Heavenly Father wants with us everyday! Keep being found in God’s presence!
Yesterday, I was in a prayer meeting and this lady prayed, “Father, please help us not to get lost in the words of the enemy.” This prayer totally arrested my attention & echoed in my thoughts for the rest of the day.
How many times have I gotten lost in the accusing, degrading, deceptive & condemning words of the enemy? Even worse, how many times have I let the enemy influence a conversation with someone when I’ve been snarky, judgmental, sarcastic & condescending?
Talk about a wake up call!!!
Let’s be certain that our thoughts stay centered on Jesus & that we allow the Holy Spirit to pour God’s love into our hearts. Making these choices will help us not to get so lost in the words of the enemy of our soul!
Ever lose a sock in the laundry? Ever get frustrated trying match up socks that seem mateless? Recently, I decided to undertake a large project to find the mates to missing socks for my family. After years of neglecting this project. I found 58 socks who didn’t have a match.
I’ve decided that for several weeks I will endeavor to find these hidden mates but there will come a time when I’ll give up & quit.
In a similar way, endeavoring to find among humans or human efforts the match or mate to my spirit is like trying to find that elusive & missing sock. Truth be known, Augustine had it right:
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
Let your restless heart find its rest in God, the hope, joy & solution to all our wandering, search & desires.
Yesterday, my daughter & I were going through a drive through hamburger place to grab a quick lunch and when I looked for my credit card to pay, it was missing! My heart dropped down to my toes – then I quickly started to look for my credit card & with relief found it in my car.
We can all think of various things we’ve lost in the past & what a horrible feeling it leaves in our thoughts. So when I recently read Jesus’ 3 parables about lost stuff in Luke 15 (sheep, coin & son), I was very moved by some important things for us to consider:
the shepherd, woman & father didn’t quit looking until what was lost had been found: our heavenly Father never quits & gives up trying to find & reconcile us
there was a massive celebration when the lost item / person was found & reconciled: there was no shame or scolding given to that which was lost, but rather a jubuliant celebration over the recovery & reconciliation
being lost can be expressed in lots of different contexts: the father sought to reconcile not only the renegade son, but also the self-righteous son who remained aloof & detached from his family; being right doesn’t mean we don’t need to be reconciled 🙂
Seems like I’ve been losing things lately – lost my wedding ring on Sun (found it), lost a book I’ve been reading, lost a water bottle in Cambodia last week & I’m sure there are some other things I’ve lost lately that I can’t recall at the moment. Nevertheless, losing things can be mildly unsettling to very disturbing so this kind of losing adventure is never in my top 3 fun experiences.
But, we there are a few things that we absolutely MUST LOSE. We must lose:
*critical & judgmental outlooks & attitudes – Paul says in Ephesians 4 that our words should build up each other
*deception – Jesus tells us in John 14 that the Helper (Holy Spirit) will guide us into truth; following the Helper means that we must lose deception
*insecurity – knowing that we are infinitely loved without condition by the Triune God doesn’t give us space to hold onto insecurity
Any other suggestions about things we should lose?
Have an awesome Wednesday!
Seems to me that we look for lots of things: lost keys, missing makeup, acceptance, value, library cards, significance, love & a host of other things, some that are important & some that aren’t. In my line of work, I get to watch people & listen to some of their struggles. Some have told me about their struggles to be beautiful. Some have expressed frustration over their achievements at work & others have told me about various relational challenges that never seem to get resolved.
With all of these things, I like what CS Lewis said, “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you will get neither.” Lets be certain that the default pursuit of our life is Jesus, full stop.