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What If? The Blog

Relinquishing Your Life For The Beloved

Ashley King

Today's Reading - John 15:1-25

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.”

When I read a passage like the one above, it hits me…would I lay down my life for the ones I love? Honestly, would I really? I would like to think so and hope in the moment of a lifesaving situation I would be willing to lay my life down to save another. But then the Lord prompts me to consider His words differently. When I consider laying down my life I always think of physically dying for someone, martyrdom or jumping in front of a bullet for someone, but those are not the only times we’re called to lay down our lives for the ones we love. What about the career switch that you don’t want to do but the Lord is asking you to lay down for Him? What about when someone asks for a moment of our time, but we selfishly continue walking or pretend we didn’t hear them? Do we cling to the control of and the idea we have for our own lives that we become unwilling to relinquish control to the Lord and by doing so love Him in the highest way He taught us to love? As we consider how we would live if this was our last week, I also want us to consider if this was our last day, would it be worth it to not give our lives wholly to the Lord? If this was our last day or week why hold anything back from Him?  Why hold anything back now?

What does laying down your life for the Lord look like in your daily life?

How does living your life for someone else testify to the Lord’s sacrifice for us?

How has someone who has laid their life down for you impacted your life?

Ok put down the Bible and live this week like it was the last!

by Ashley King

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