I love how Paul (Author of 2 Corinthians) makes it very clear that although Christ died for us to go to heaven, to be freed from the debt of our sin, to be restored into a right relationship with God and so very much more. BUT, did you know that Jesus also died so that we would be able to deny our own desires to improve the lives of those around us…
Not many of us think about the simple fact that we are called to live like Christ, and Christ lived to improve the lives of all. Yes, Jesus made His relationship with His Father first and foremost, as we all should, BUT we should be living in communion with God SO THAT we can deny ourselves and live for others.
This verse is so very empowering for me considering that major transition in the life of the local Church I serve. This new season for the life of Resurrection Church is going to require everyone to be denying themselves for the betterment of those around them. We are all going to have to humbly seek God and love one another. It will require us to remember that God speaks about the power of unity within His people.
1 Corinthians 1:10 says to let there be no division among us, and to be perfectly united in mind and thought. This is only possible when we allow Jesus to live with us and live for others.
Ephesians 4:11-12 speaks about a point where we all reach a unity in faith and knowledge. This being part of a mature faith in Jesus. To be mature in our faith means to live for others.
Colossians 3:13-14 says we must bear with one another and forgive one another. It says that what will bind us all together in perfect unity. To do this we must live for others.
John 17:23 says that complete unity with will be a sign to a world that we are His! To do this, we must live for others.
Psalm 133:1 says that it is good and pleasant when God’s people live together in unity! To do that, we must live for others.
I could go on and on with verse from the bible that speaks on the power of unity. The power of unity is perfected when we live for others. At first, it may seem like it may seem hard. The beautiful thing is when you look at the church in Acts. The entire body lived passionately for those around them and NONE lacked (Acts 4:32-35). That’s SUCH an awesome and beautiful picture of unity and living for others. If we could only get ourselves to be completely living for those around us, and be in a community where the others are doing the same… Goodness, the power that can be unleashed!
Let’s all fight to serve. Let’s all thrive to put ourselves last and others first.
Last night, I saw the most beautiful picture ever. As this new season of transition was happening…. Our senior pastor got on his knees and washed the feet of the staff & elders. Then the staff & elders turned and did the same for the members. It’s THIS kind of selfless living that will radically change the world around us…
You don’t have to wash someone’s feet, BUT why not deny yourself and serve someone like that…