6/16/11

Lay Down Your Life

John 15:13,15
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend....I have called you friends."

Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him....It is far easier to die than to lay down the life day in and day out with the sense of the high calling. We are not made for brilliant moments, but we have to walk in the light of them in ordinary ways. There was only one brilliant moment in the life of Jesus, and that was on the Mount of Transfiguration; then He emptied Himself the second time of His glory, and came down into the demon-possessed valley...I have deliberately and carefully to lay down my life for Him. - Chambers

The day in and day out is the hard part.
Diapers
Fixing meals
Cleaning toys
Crying
Whining
"Moooommy"

It is hard to do it.  Yet, it is my high calling.  It is my job to lay down my life - not to die, but to give up my own ambitions, my own desires, my own to-do lists - for the Lord, which practically means for my family.

It is hard, but I have the Holy Spirit to enable.  The Father to comfort.  The Savior to provide.

Amen
 Now, off to feed the baby and put him down for a nap.....