REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
November 13, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
“Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.” Luke 17:33
The way of discipleship can be fraught with challenges and temptations. In our response to Christ call to discipleship we recognize worldly pressures, and we are urge to hold on to Christ. This call to follow Christ invites us to be ever-mindful of the present. His example of sacrifice out of love is something we are to strive for each and every day.
Jesus warns of the need to be prepared for the day the Son of Man is revealed. He tells them, Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. Jesus never fails to say things that cause us to stop and think. This phrase from our Bible reference today, is one of those things. He presents us with an apparent paradox. Trying to save your life will be the cause of you losing it, but losing your life will be the way you save it. What does this mean?
This statement especially goes to the heart of trust and surrender. Basically, if we try to direct our lives and our future by our own effort, things will not work out. By calling us to “lose” our life, Jesus is telling us that we must abandon ourselves to Him. We must allow Him to be the one who directs all things and guides us into His most holy will. This is the only way to save our life. We save it by letting go of our own will and letting God take over.
This level of trust and surrender is very difficult at first. It’s difficult to come to the level of complete trust in God. But if we can do just that, we will be amazed at the fact that God’s ways and plan for our life is far better than we could ever come up with on our own. His wisdom is beyond compare and His solution to all our concerns and problems is perfect.
Reflect, today, upon how ready and willing you are to give complete control of your life to our merciful God. Do you trust Him enough to let Him take complete control? Make this act of faith in the most sincere way that you can and watch as He begins to preserve you and help you flourish in a way that only God can do.
Lord, I give You my life, my cares, my concerns and my future. I trust You in all things. I surrender all. Help me to trust You more each day and to turn to You in complete abandonment. Jesus, I trust in You.