Nothing to Lose
I wonder what it would be like to have nothing to lose. I know this seems a bit morbid, but if some disaster came and wiped out everything I have to lose, how would I live? If my family, my home, my work, and my possessions were taken away from me ... or I was taken away from them ... how would I navigate my life from that point on?
Would I try to find a job that paid enough to take care of all my stuff? But I wouldn't have any stuff, so what work would I pursue? And why?
Would I take more risks, because I have less to lose?
Would I be more bold? More generous? More kind? More evangelistic?
Would I sleep better? Would I build more intentional relationships? Would I worry less about minor things?
Since I would have nothing to lose, would I live like I had something to lose? I doubt it. I'm sure I would live differently.
Jesus says that the one who tries to save his life will lose it, but the one who loses his life for His sake will find it. Losing your life is like having nothing left to lose. Jesus also calls it "dying to self."
If we cling to something like we have it yet to lose to Jesus, then we have not yet lost that part of our life. Which means we will not yet found that part of our life. Someone who has completely died to self can truly live like he has nothing to lose.
How would you live differently if you had nothing to lose? That difference may tell you what parts of your life you still have not yet died to.