Lay down your life

love=sacrificeGreater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. That’s what Jesus did for each one of us.

What does ‘laying down your life’ actually mean? I don’t think it means physically dying, although it could. It means laying aside what we want for the sake of others. It means putting on hold our needs while we seek to serve the needs of others. In our individualistic, self centred orientated world, thinking of others before ourselves is counter cultural. Promoting others’ interests over our own is not how to get ahead in this world. Perhaps we ought to consider how to get ahead in reaching out to people in love and sacrifice. Promoting what is good, positive, life affirming and builds up others. It’s not always about me.

Who can we lay down our life for today? Who is willing to lay down their life for you, to help you be the person you want to be? Who can you ask for help to change or help with the next challenge you face? Perhaps Jesus is worth asking, for he laid down his life for us all.