Friday, April 4, 2014

The Best Example

Ephesians 1:7-8 (NLT)
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

It’s one thing to be pleasant in the checkout lane and another to sacrifice your son.  Yes, that’s a big jump.  It’s the difference between my friendly nature and God’s rich kindness and grace.  God, of course, is the ultimate example to follow.  No, God doesn’t want us to kill our babies!  So how do we follow Jesus’ example of sacrifice?

John the Baptist, who was well known and had many disciples, told his followers that he was merely preparing the way for someone better than himself.  So the local celebrity of the time said “I am filled with joy at [Jesus’] success.  He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 7:29-30)  In other words, it’s not about me.  I do what I do for something greater.

Couldn’t we all stand to be a little more selfless.  Not self-ish.  Self-less.  Other centered.  Do something on another’s behalf for which you gain nothing.  Better yet, give in a way that makes you a little uncomfortable or costs you.  The big picture is all about God and pointing others to Him. 

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