Too much to lose

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible readings: 2 Kings 6:1-7:20; Proverb 17:24-25

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
2 Kings 7: 4 “If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die.”

The four lepers were willing to take the risk to enter the city because they felt that they had nothing much to lose. If they stay where they were, they might wait until they die. If they enter, they might risk the famine or the sword of the Syrians. In the end, they found that the Syrian encampment was empty, helped themselves to the food, silver and clothing and even became “heroes” as they told Israel of the good news.

The actions of the four lepers reminded me on the basis for discipleship. Very often, we are not able to move forward or grow in the faith because we felt that we have too much to lose. We could be so shackled by the cares of the world that we could not respond in obedience to God’s Word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Be it our hobbies, wealth, career or personal comforts; we struggle to trust God and respond readily in faith to His call for our lives.

There was a time when I was considering to invite an elderly man to our home during Christmas. This elderly man would often stroll at the front of our HDB block but people generally avoided him because he carried a heavy stench and had a bad temper. Finally, after weeks of hesitation, I decided to go ahead with the plan. Yet, the elderly man was nowhere to be found. Upon reflection, I knew that my hesitation was grounded upon the fear that I had too much to lose; the fear which caused me to lose instead the opportunity to partner God in His ministry to the unloved.

Lord of mercy, may You help me to respond to Your call more readily as those who have little to lose because of what I have found in You. Amen.