Do I Still Consider it Loss?

Dr. A. K. Lama

 

We are in Lent season.  Lent is the forty day fasting observed in the traditional Churches before the observance of the passion week, Good Friday, and then Easter.

 

This tradition finds its root in the forty days fasting of Jesus Christ, who in his humanity subjugated his body to the Lordship of his heavenly father.  Three times he defeated the Satan by quoting the Holy Scripture “it is written,” symbolizing his absolute loyalty to God and absolute denial of the Satan.  Remember his prayer, “Father, not my will but your will be done.”

 

In denying the Satan, he overcame the lust of flesh, the pride of life, and the lust of eyes.  He declared his absolute confidence in God and the Holy Scripture.

 

Jesus had the options to turn the stones into bread and eat them.  He had the options to jump off the cliff show his power.  He had the options to gain everything that Satan had to offer him.

 

But he consider all those gains as LOSS.

 

All the worldly profit that denies an absolute loyalty to God is not a profit but it is a loss.  In spiritual realm, what we see as a profit are not really profit but they are loss.

 

Jesus did loss business not only during 40 days of fasting.  But through out his 33 years of life on this earth.  Loss of favor from the religious teachers, Pharisees, and Saducees.  Loss of security and loss of life.  It was continuous a loss business from the worldly point of view as he wanted to do his father’s will.

 

In our humanity, we may not like to do such a loss business.  We may do a profit business.

Left on a sinking ship were the captain and three sailors. The captain spoke first. "Men, this business about a captain going down with his ship is nonsense. There's a three-man life raft on board and I'm going to be on it. To see who will come with me, I will ask you each one question. The one who can't answer will stay behind. Here's the first question: What unsinkable ship went down when it hit an iceberg?" The first sailor answered, "The Titanic, sir." "On to the next question: How many people perished?" The second sailor said, "One thousand five hundred and seventeen, sir." "Now for the third question," and the captain turned to sailor number three. "What were their names?"

 

It is possible that we may shift our confidence in ourselves rather than God.  We may victim of the lust of the flesh, pride of life, and the lust of our eyes and begin to look for proft.

 

Our lifestyle, our worldview, and our philosophy of life may have very little difference from those who do not know Jesus Christ.  We may be sincere victim of our own pride, selfishness, prejudices, and our sinful nature.

 

There are two ways that we may put our confidence in ourselves.