Every week we hear of a brother or sister in Christ who has been robbed while walking the streets of a Brazilian city. Robberies are now so common that there is a common wisdom in Brazil for how to be safely robbed. The wisdom is “Do not resist”. This wisdom will save your life because the standard behavior of the thief is “Kill all who resist so others won’t.”
Jesus told His followers these things about resisting certain kinds of people.
Was Jesus predicting situations like robberies in modern Brazilian cities? At first glance the “don’t resist” wisdom of Brazil sounds a little like Jesus’ wisdom. Upon deeper examination one can see that Jesus’ wisdom is not about survival or avoiding pain , it is about holding tightly to love instead of less important things.
Jesus wants His disciples to value love over survival and material things. He also wants us to hang on tightly to Him and to love and to hold loosely everything else.
The Apostle Paul gave the early Christians this wisdom.
As disciples we need to understand that all visible things are in decay and any strategy to hold on to them tightly is not wise in Brazil or anywhere else. On the other hand, all invisible things rooted in love are permanent and we must hold tightly to them even if it costs us our visible life to do so. That is called carrying our cross.
So, here is the Jesus wisdom for all times and all places.
Hold the visible very loosely and hold your love (cross) very tightly.