Your Laid Down Life
Humanly speaking, we have a certain capacity to occasionally put other’s needs over our own and when we do, it brings out the best in us – humility, nobility, dedication, selfless discipline. Some people do seem to have more capacity for this than others, and some, seemingly, have none at all.
As Christians connecting with those around us, empowerment by the Holy Spirit adds a supernatural aspect. We can live and treat others supernaturally because we have the Holy Spirit; the Spirit offers us the same leading Jesus had when He lived on earth.
Jesus is our example. He chose the Spirit’s leading and therefore, ultimately, the Father’s will. He came to do the Father’s will, “laying down His life” for all of mankind so they could choose the same Spirit and leading and the same supernatural way of life He demonstrated.
Every day, you and I lay down our lives in service to others, preferring their needs over our own personal preferences or convenience, happy to do so and hopeful we have made their day better, their load lighter.
Many times it’s more than a load being lifted; many times our presence (literally) changes everything. For those surrounded by enemy activity that’s just “too strong” for them, we lay down our lives to change theirs, helping and ministering to them.
He sent from above, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me. (Ps 18:16-17)
Like the parting of the water that allowed Israel to cross safely to the other side, your kindness to another person is a sovereign, supernatural rescue. Never stop laying down your life this way. You lay down it down and the Lord raises you up again.
Whatever a man sows that shall he also reap.