"Love Is Your Greatest Gift"
“ Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." (John 15:13)
There is no greater love to be expressed than when someone lay's down their life for those whom they love. This is in fact what the Gospels teach us about Jesus Christ. He laid down his life, so that humanity could be redeemed from the curse of sin, and experience union with God once again.
However, as Christ laid down his life for us, we are fully expected to lay down our lives as well. You may ask, "How can I lay down my life? I have no cross to bear, or no sin to erase?" It is true that although none of us may have a literal cross to bear, we are all asked, by God, to give our lives to Him so that he may use us. We are asked, by God, to use our gifts, talent, time, and resources to meet the needs of humanity.
When you and I choose to use our resources for the purposes of God's Kingdom then we are "laying down our life" for others. Whenever we spend "our time" to feed the hungry, comfort the sick and shut -in, we are "laying down our life." When we say to God as Jesus did, "Not my will be done, but may your will be done" then we are unequivocally "laying down our life" for our friends. When we refuse our own selfish ends for the sake of the ends that benefit us all, then we are indeed "laying down our life."
Laying down one's life is not about finding an opportunity for dramatics, or grandiose opportunities of pious acts. It is found in the everyday act of seeking God's will and not our own. Laying down one's life is found in meeting the needs of our neighbor no matter the differences between us. Laying down one's life is found in our promoting the beloved community that binds all humanity together. To Love is to "lay down one's life," and in this we can accomplish nothing greater.
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