What Does It Mean to Lay Down My Life for Others?
Q: What does it mean to lay down my life for others?
A: The Bible says in John 15:13, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Jesus was telling His disciples to give up the things they wanted to do and to give of themselves to others. He said that there is no greater love than this. We can give of ourselves with prayer. We can give of ourselves with time. We can give of ourselves with love and understanding.
We are working together with Him, ambassadors of Christ sent to represent Him. It is not necessary to be an evangelist, pastor or teacher to be able to speak the Word of God. You can speak God’s Word to the person riding next to you on the bus. You can pray for those from whom Satan has hidden the light of God’s Word. You can give time to those who seem to have run out of time. There are people who need to hear the same message that God used to set you free. What an honor to be a mouthpiece for the kingdom of God! We are channels of the love of God!
Romans 15:1 says, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” We live to please God. Jesus did not live to please Himself. He lived to please the Father. We are to be followers of the example that Jesus set for us. We are to follow after love (1 Corinthians 14:1).
If love leads us to the person next door, then we should follow. When love calls us to intercede for someone in need, then we should yield. We lay down our plans for Love’s plan. Praise God!
The following is a confession of faith for giving of yourself for others.
“Father, in Jesus’ Name, I see from Your Word that You were willing to give of Yourself, in the person of Your Son, for all men.
“I understand that because Jesus is Lord of my life, I too can give of myself to share the good news of the gospel with others.
“It was that same gospel that set me free and I believe that as I share it with those around me, they too will come to know You in a personal way.
“I’ll give of my time, Father. I’ll give of Your love in me. I’ll be strong and lift up those who are weak. I’m willing to be available to be used of You so that others might experience the abundant life You have provided.
“In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
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