As humans, we naturally seek security in this life – financially, socially, emotionally – the list is quite long! Have you ever thought something like “if I just had a million dollars, then everything would be okay”? Or “if THEY would just agree with me, then things would work out”? (Or am I the only one who thinks those things . . . .)
We have a “nesting” instinct, making us want to surround ourselves with things that make us feel comfortable and prepared for the future. Some people stock up on items they may need if nuclear war breaks out, or if there is a toilet tissue shortage next year, or the chocolate supply becomes tainted (disaster!). Some people want things around them to remain the same, the way they always have been, because change can seem threatening to security.
We put in lots of effort trying to ensure that we and our loved ones will be taken care of whatever happens in the future. But there are people out there just trying to get through TODAY – struggling with the immediate problems of life.
Jesus gave us a way to help them and ourselves. He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” * And when asked about the most important command, he responded, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” **
The question is, how do we do that when we are mired in security and tradition? Is security found in material things, or in Jesus? And although traditions connect us to our history, do we cling to the security of those traditions when it becomes obvious we need something new to help us connect to others?
For Jesus, the only security in earthly life was knowing that God the Father was always with him, and would help him live out his mission. And he was raised amid Jewish traditions, which he often used to help his followers see that people are more important than tradition. So let’s not let those things keep us from moving forward to live out the mission God has given us. Let’s move forward to connect with others!
*Mark 15:16 NIV
**Luke 10:27 The Message