You pay your money and you take your chances. If that isn’t a description of life these days, I don’t know what is. But what better way is there to live in the light of the fact that God is with us?
The incarnation does not legitimate foolishness, but it does remind us that we are not alone in the universe and that God has come to us and is decidedly on our side. That is good news! It gives us enormous freedom to try and to fail or to try and succeed without risking anything important. All of the important issues of our identity and destiny have been settled in God’s coming to us. It is clear - the decision has been made - we are the children of God and have an exciting place in the great future He has planned for those who love Him. With that settled, we can really live. Make that LIVE! We can enter abundant life - the life of the heavens - now. So… what do you want to do today?
At the beginning of this new year, think what living in the full freedom of God’s eternal love and plan for you might mean. Full freedom - let that phrase wash over your mind for a moment. You are completely safe in the love of God. You need not be anxious about anything. Anything! Your life is hidden with God in Christ. Now, what do you want to do today?
Might you perhaps live less anxious about tomorrow - knowing that is in His hand as well? Might you be more generous with your time or money, knowing that they are not the full measure of who you are? Might you relax more completely and laugh more deeply, knowing the deep joy that comes from being known of Him? Might you play more, knowing that the running of the universe is in Someone else’s hands? Might you work harder at a couple of things, leaving behind some others, knowing that your worth does not depend on getting everything done? Might you build more deliberately into relationships, knowing that those are the only things that are going to last? Might you take your life both more and less seriously, knowing that you are both here for purpose and yet not able to get it all done yourself?
There are no guarantees, and you can’t get your money back. But so what? Risk has been redefined – God is with us!