Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This morning we will ponder our lives as we seek to understand the spiritual value and meaning of loss.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Spiritual Value of Loss
"Jesus said speaking of his death to the Jews: You shall seek me, and shall not find me; and where I am going, you cannot come." John, Chapter 7, Verse 34.
As human beings we are constantly confronted with loss. Some of these losses are insignificant, but as we continue to live, we eventually suffer a loss that is significant and that requires emotional adjustments. These emotional adjustments do not occur over night. Sometimes we need a lot of time to make satisfactory adjustments. Some losses are so tragic that we never fully recover from them completely. We make our way through this life as best we can with an emotional wound that never heals. Since these losses are pervasive and prevalent, we want to examine the spiritual value of them.
"You don't miss your water until your well runs dry" is a true statement. We never appreciate the value of something the way we do after we lose it. When we suffer a significant loss, we invariably try to understand the cause. We search endlessly trying to figure out how the loss could have been prevented. Often times when we make this inward inspection, we become plagued with guilt as if we may have been able to prevent the loss in some way. But there is a positive aspect in reflecting, for it is at such times that we seek for Jesus. There in that inner space of our souls is Jesus.
That we can find Him within us does not mean that our losses can be restored. No matter how loud he whispers in our souls that nothing of real value is ever lost, we refuse to hear those merciful words of hope and encouragement. Such is the nature of earthly losses. This world is not our home. It is like a bridge. We may cross over it but should not seek to build a home upon it. We should build our hopes on things eternal.
From the spiritual point of view, nothing of spiritual value is ever lost. From the material point of view, apparently everything is lost, including life itself. The choice is ours. We can identify with the material and become increasingly filled with fear and despair as life winds down, or we can by faith identify with the spiritual and become increasingly filled with love and hope as life winds upward, even towards salvation. We can know by faith that we are sons and daughters of the heavenly Father, that we are precious in his sight.
We should always remember that when we have suffered a material loss, there is nothing we can do to change that fact. We are helpless in that respect but we are not without hope. We can choose to see the spiritual side of what we have lost. When we feel sorrowful, we should seek spiritual joy in the Father. When we feel pain, we should seek spiritual pleasure in the Father's embrace in worship. The Father is life, eternal life. The Father is joy, everlasting joy. The Father is love, love without end. It is not possible for us to experience any loss that has real value. All losses with spiritual value are eternally conserved though we may have to cross that bridge to our true home to realize this great truth
All true values are like the Father.They are indestructible. And so is it with our loved ones who have been lost to us in this life. Loss is a powerful stimulus that the Father uses to increase our awareness of Him. If our lost loved ones possess the faith of a mustard seed, "A bruised reed shall he not break and smoking flax shall he not quench."
This concludes today's message on the spiritual value of loss. We hope you find something in this message
to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.