Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What if "laying down our lives" is literal?

1 John 3:16 is stark and total.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (NIV)

Commentators will tell you that what is meant is that we ought to be willing to lay down our lives for our brothers. And the idea of laying down our lives for our brothers may not be as extreme as Jesus' example, where he actually died; rather, it may involve giving up things or time for the good of our brothers.

That's all true, but the willingness in fact may lead to death, and the laying down of our lives may, for some of us, actually mean laying down our lives.

Well, so what? Is this world and this life not temporary, little more than a prelude to the real business of living?

A. W. Tozer wrote, "We can afford to suffer now; we’ll have a long eternity to enjoy ourselves." (“Joy Will Come in Its Own Time")

Risk my life? Are you kidding?! I'm unwilling to risk a lawsuit. Sometimes, I'm unwilling to risk inconvenience.

Father, use your word to remove my grasp from the things of this world and place it on the sure hope and reality of the next.

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