In this article, I want to write about the powerful effects of letting go.
It happens way too often and way too fast, that we get attached to different things. We can get attached to people, to materialistic things, pets, and many more things. Most of the time we get attached to these things without even noticing in the first place. We, humans, are social creatures and due to this fact, we tend to bond actually very fast. With the materialistic things, it’s more because we always tend to own or possess something. Which is also one of our natural instincts.
The problem with getting attached to something is, that these bonds become strong and create pain, once we lose what we had. Mostly we experience this when we lose our loved ones. It happens through death, but actually much more often in all different types of relationships. May it be friendships or a couple that was in a relationship, and somehow it did not work out, and the relationship breaks.
Well, from relationships most of us know, how painful it can be. But often people also bond to materialistic things, like their car, their house, or all the other goods they accumulate.
With these materialistic things, it is a bit different than with friendships or relationships. The house or a car usually does not leave a person, except the person decides to sell it. That means, we have more control over these things, if we want to let them go or keep them. But sometimes we get into situations, where we have to choose to let these things go and be free, or keep them but “imprison” ourselves mentally.
Jesus teaches us, not to get caught up in these worldly things. Even in the Old Testament, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son. God knew exactly what this meant for Abraham, and God only wanted to see how far Abraham would go.
In the New Testament, we read a story, where the young rich man came to Jesus asking him, what he shall do to inherit the Kingdom of God. Jesus answered to keep the commandments. The man replied he kept them his whole life, what else he might be missing. Jesus replied: Go, sell all your goods and share your money with the poor. We know the story, this man went away sad. In other words, he was so attached to these things, he wasn’t able to let them go.
The young rich man
Matthew 19: 16 – 24
And behold, a man came up to him, saying,
“Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good?” There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
He said to him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus said: “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
That young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Why does God want us to learn to let go?
This story teaches us many things actually, but for now, let’s focus on our topic. Why is it so difficult to let go? What is the benefit?
God does not have an issue if we have many possessions. We read many times in the bible, God made his people very rich. Our example Abraham was a very rich man. God gave him all that and blessed him. But he asked Abraham to give his son. That one thing Abraham valued the most.
Why did God ask him that?
It was to help Abraham to be completely free of any bonds and trust God, he would even be able to give him back his son. It is about the freedom we gain if we are able to let go of anything.
There are many cases people get so attached to their house, that they can not let go. Sometimes it happens that the house destroys them and it would be just clever to sell it and move on, but they can’t let it go. People suffer and take a lot of losses, but still cant let it go. They become slaves of their own possessions and in the end, they lose it all. Many times the house gets lost and their lives are destroyed too, very often their souls get lost too.
God wants to teach us and to save us from these losses. The most important is our soul, of course. This is of the highest value and to save our soul God gave his only Son as a sacrifice. But even for our natural life, it is important to learn to let go of what is holding us back. In our daily life, we face many things and we make decisions based on these aspects, to keep something or to let go. If we start paying attention to each of our decisions and realize how different we would decide in many situations if we were free of those things, which try to hold us back.
Jesus even said in Matthew 16: 25:
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it.”
This quote goes actually very deep and I will not go into this at this point. But I want to recommend thinking about what this all means.
Learn to let go of whatever is holding you back, and enjoy the freedom of your life you get.
God never asks you to let something go, what would be good for you.
He only wants what’s best for you, and sometimes letting go, is the best thing we can do.