“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1Jn 3:16, 17)
We know that Jesus laid down His life for us His friends. What many of us do not know is that we have to imitate our Master even in the way we live and love. True love means to be willing to lay down your life and privileges for others, the people that God has given under your care. Love is not just words. Love is more than giving roses… True love is very much a spiritual, sacrificial and practical work.
In the scripture above you see that there are only two options once you step in the realm of the Spirit. You either lay down your life or you shut off your heart; you either become humble or you become proud; you either love or you kill the lover.
To lay down your life for Christ’s sake it means to be a true Spirit filled believer in Jesus Christ; it means to be lead by the Holy Spirit; it means that you do not speak your own words but only the Word of God; it means that you take your cross daily and follow Jesus; it means that by the power of the Holy Spirit you kill the selfish desires of your flesh; it means that you pray for others; it means that you rejoice with the gains of others; it means that you mourn with the pains of others; it means that you forgive others who have offended you; it means that you desire peace with all men; it means to be holy as God is holy; it means that you study the Word of God so that people may see you as a Bible they can read; it means that you live free from fears and boldly walk like Jesus walked…
When He was on earth, Jesus was visibly ‘promoted’ only once: on the Mount of Transfiguration. For the rest of His life He lived humbly and sacrificially serving God and others and forgetting about Himself. This is agape love! This is to have the mind of Christ! This is to be a true believer and more than a conquerer!
You say that this life style is hard… Of course, be not deceived, to practice true Christianity is hard… But walking the royal way of the Cross is the only way to glorify God on earth… It is the only way men will know that Jesus is alive…it is hard, but God receives His glory and your reward will be the eternal crown of life! What about that?