The image that came to mind this morning was that of a race. The goal of a race is to win. It would be unimaginable for an Olympic sprinter to intentionally slow his pace to enable others to get ahead of him. He'd never purposefully come in last. But that's what Jesus is asking for us.
“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it” (Luke 9:24).
“Whoever is the least among you is the greatest” (Luke 9:48).
I love that Jesus elevates those who are least. He makes them great. That's the story of his life. He emptied himself and made himself "nothing" (Philippians 2:7). But then God "exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name" (Philippians 2:9).
Though I am inspired by the idea of decreasing so someone else might increase, I often “hang on to my life” in an attempt to secure my own greatness. I have trouble surrendering my selfish ambition and comparing “who’s greater.” I struggle with giving up my place in the race so someone else might get ahead.
I’m thankful that because of Jesus, I can lose my life. I can fail. I can be last. I can risk. I can spend more time encouraging others to run ahead of me than trying to be first. I’m free to be least because I’m secure in him.
Praying that I grow in my ok-ness with being least and last. I'm also praying my endurance to handle difficult people and circumstances increases, that I not manipulate or avoid but give my place for the sake of others, looking out for their interests instead of mine.
How is God most impacting you this week through your time with him in the CBR Journal? Use the comment option below to share with our community.
Posted By: CJ Whiteaker