Archive for March, 2010

The Ultimate Challenge – Selflessness

March 14, 2010

Selflessness

It really isn’t some new revelation just a simple truth that most of us forget (especially me). When we look at the life of Christ especially the moment He was on the cross we see a life lived “Selflessly”.  A while back in our small group time we talked about the analogy of Christ’s forgiveness towards others in light of what He has suffered and endured. A friend of mine asked a question that had caused me to ask God the same one. How could He say ” Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing”, and genuinely mean it? God immediately gave me the answer. One we all probably know and realize but have not taken it to heart.

1. His eyes were never on himself, they were always on others.
2. He knew and understood the BIG PICTURE- God is in control of all of it.

Because His eyes were never on himself, their insults, physical pain, betrayal, mockery and lies were not taken personally. He could genuinely love others because He never thought of His own needs, His own desires, His own wants and His own rights.

Because He knew and understood the BIG PICTURE- God’s ultimate plan, and that God was in control, He knew that these people did not understand what they were doing, they thought they had control. Yet God knew they would do it, and allowed it and used it. So Jesus took pity on them for their lack of understanding- that is why I think He said “for they know not what they are doing”. He knew that no matter what happened to Him- the good, bad and ugly was all part of the plan God had for Him and others. Because He was selfless He truly could love them, forgive them, and pray for them. He could see things clearly and those little annoyances in life that we spend so much energy on
really did not matter to Him.

As I begin each day, I ask God to empty me of myself and fill me with His Spirit. I know He is willing to do that, but am I willing to act on it? It is easy to say but much harder to do. I thought about how Jesus responded. How His eyes were on others not Himself and how He knew and kept God’s plan in the forefront of all He did. I wondered, “What would happen if we could live like that. Not only in the area of forgiveness but in all we do?!”  I have to be honest, I am very selfish, my first response is for myself.  I allow little things people do, say or react to bother me. And for what purpose is all that? I know that God uses all that stuff to make me more like Him and isn’t that what I want. When I follow Jesus ‘s pattern for living I find my heart does not get hurt as easily, my mind does not think
selfish thoughts, my body does not grow weary with the stress of trying to impress others and my spirit is not discouraged. What I do find is that my heart feels love towards others, my thoughts are to give, my body is at peace and my spirit is filled with joy..

Here in lies another paradox of the faith: LIVING IN FULL SURRENDER GIVE US FREEDOM, PEACE AND JOY.  To gain your life you have to lose it. (see Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24, 17:33 and John 12:25.) It is no new revelation, just a simple truth: SELFLESSNESS. Join me in trying to walk the footsteps of Jesus every day. It is only by His grace and mercy that we can and when we do He does his greatest work in and through us.

Philippians 2:3” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves”


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