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Lay Down Your Life.


2013
03.25

Recently, I’ve been reminded of a truth; a very simple, commonly known and profound truth. Along with that reminder also came a penetration of my heart and with that came a new mindset. That mindset has caused a series of changes in my life. This truth came out of the mouth of a very humble, godly man who just happens to be my brother RA. He was giving the devotion for our RA meeting when he shared what’s touched me so deeply. He read the well-known verse “Greater love as no man than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. After reading this verse he went on to say how we normally think of what Christ did for us on the cross and rightly so, but how do we live this out? Well, chances are most of us won’t have the opportunity to physically lay down our life for those we love and even if we do, we’d only be able to do it once, then we’d be dead. How do we daily lay down our life for our friends? That’s the question I’ve been repeatedly asking myself. When people look at my life, do they see me sacrificing my comforts, my schedule, myself and all I am to serve those around me? What’s even more humbling to me is how many I call my friend and yet does that show through my actions?

At Christian Colleges, at times, it’s extremely easy to get caught up in theological debates to the point that it’s paralyzing. Noooooooo, please, don’t let this happen to you. The truth of the Gospel sets us free from this paralyzation. The fact that greater love has no man than this, that Christ payed it all, that we might be free to be living examples of His love! Discussions are great, “iron sharpens iron.” However, are we willing to lay down our life in the area of “theological debating” and just rejoice in the freedom and joy of the Gospel. Since God has placed this on my heart, He’s been faithful in showing me opportunities to lay down my life in little areas. It’s truly been a blessing, because it’s less of me and more of Him.

Something I think is interesting is how the internet defines a “friend.” a : one attached to another by affection or esteem. Don’t you think that’s sorta lame? I mean, dude, believers are bonded by Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit who indwells us, not “affection” or “esteem.” Pssh, those things are wimpy and don’t normally last. For the sake of that bonding and fellowship which is found in Christ, we need to lay down our lives to serve our brethren. Also, for the sake of unbelievers that we may win them for the Gospel.

“Greater love as no man than this, for someone to lay down his life for his friends.”

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Unity.


2013
03.19

Well, it’s the first day back from a 10 day spring break, which was fantastic. I have to say waking up at 5:00 this morning was kind of a rude wake-up call (literally…my roommate punched me to get me up) after sleeping in while I was home. I have to say though, I’m loving being back. Christian Colleges are just the best, or at least my experience with them. I get back and I’m welcomed by this incredible family of believers. Warmth, which I can not express, overflows my heart in the moments which I’m reminded of the unbreakable bond Christ provides.

The unity of Christ is something that impacted me greatly over break. I went home and shared the Gospel with my unsaved Father. After, I got on my knees and lifted Him up to God, I realized that I needed more prayer warriors. I called up some of my brothers and sisters in Christ and they immediately shared my burden. There’s never been a time in my life where I felt and so clearly have witness God in His people. My flesh doesn’t desire for my Dad to come to Christ, or anyone for that matter, but God in me longs for it. Not only God in me, but God in all of the family of believers. We truly do strive for the same goal. That’s why I am incredibly grateful for my school, because we are one body running the same race, fighting the same fight.

“That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” 1 John 17:21

“ The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” 1 Cor. 12:12

I know this is short, but progressively more and more I see the profound meaning in this subject. Guys, there is no greater joy than being united with Christ and His people. When looking at schools, take this into consideration. You need that fellowship! You are a part of a body, a unite, a family…that’s outstanding!