‘Letting Go’ and ‘Grabbing Hold’

JESUS SPEAKING

            “Again, the kingdom of God is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

            “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Mathew 13: 45-46.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

            The message of ‘The kingdom of God’ is a great treasure; a treasure far more valuable than any earthly piece of property.  For within the message, resides the gift of eternal life and the love of God.  Many people heard Jesus proclaim the message; those who recognized the truth were willing to trade in all of their possessions to receive an invaluable and everlasting gift.  Believers sacrificed their wealth, time, and future plans to grab hold of true riches.  Many let go of their families, their jobs, their homes, their positions in the community, and even their earthly lives, to grab hold of a new life with God in His future kingdom. 

            Circus performers make a living letting go of one thing so they can grab hold of another.  For trapeze performers, timing and precision can mean the difference between life and death.  Two men, swing back and forth high above a cold concrete floor; the man who risks his life spinning through the air, must know when to let go of his swing and grab hold of his partner dangling from the opposing swing.  The gospel is a message about ‘letting go’ and ‘grabbing hold;’ no one can ‘grab hold’ of the Kingdom of God unless they ‘let go’ of whatever they are clinging too in this world.  For the Christian, the pursuit of worldly rewards must end, and the pursuit of Godly rewards must begin.

            Sadly, during the years of the Lord’s public ministry, thousands of people simply passed by him as he spoke; they chose to hang on to their lives rather than to grab hold of God and the true life He had offered them.  Today, the Lord is still speaking; his message is still being proclaimed throughout the world.  Many, just as in the days of Jesus, choose the temporary pleasures of this life over the eternal peace of God.  Great sacrifice is required of all followers of Christ; there are many trials and many hardships that accompany faith.  Self denial isn’t always easy, but it is necessary.  Today, may we all let go of our selfish pursuits…may we loosen our grasp on the things of this world…and may we grab hold of the things of God.

            “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You and ask that You give us the strength to not live selfishly; we desire to serve others, and to sacrifice our lives to do Your will.  Give us the gift of the Your Kingdom Father, and help us to let go of anything that is stopping us from completely receiving Your eternal offering.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name, amen.”  God bless all of you.

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