October 13, 2011 // Posted by Brad Hoffmann //
This life is not a gift to hold, but one to share. Faith is designed to give away. As we go, we make disciples. As we go, we live both love and obedience for our Father by demonstrating this love towards others through obedience. Humility is at the core or center of this generous life. Consider Jesus’ example.
Read through Philippians 2:1-11:
1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Live not from selfish desires, gratification, self- righteousness, pride, or haughtiness. Be intentional by placing a high regard on the people around you – even the different ones. Take stock in the interests of others, your personal interests shadow in comparison. This is the attitude we must know and function from because it’s the one Jesus demonstrated for us. His orientation was this attitude. He humbled Himself in order to give His life away. His purpose was to redeem others and His giving was to bring them into relationship with the Father. Jesus gave in order to bring. Giving my life away means transformation, humility, obedience, intentionality, incarnation, and missional living – all this for the sake of people and not necessarily an institution.
Don’t tell me how much you know, show me by how you live. How will you give your life away today?