Over the years I’ve heard people say over and over again that You don’t owe anyone anything. It’s quite alarming how people (believers included) would make a sermon or perhaps, motivational speech out of it. It’s always been a bother for me.
You’d hear things like no one is required to give you their time, energy, words, love, or favors and I’d wonder to myself, really? An unbeliever may think, live, or act like that but that should not be a believer’s mindset.
1 John 3:16-18 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth (KJV).
The above passage talks about laying down our lives for our brethren, not to mean death but deliberate acts of service and sacrifice. Romans 12:2 says not to conform to the pattern of the world. Not to conform to their lifestyle. Christianity was birth out of love and sacrifice and we were admonished to continue in that pattern. So often I think we just want to find an easy way not to give or be responsible but the truth is this, no matter how busy we are, no matter the little we have, no matter what we’re going through, we can find simple ways to serve others. The question is this, do we really have an attitude of laying down our lives for others?
Just imagine that Christ during his walk in the earth, decided not to do good because he wasn’t feeling good? Or decide not to care for his brethren because he was a busy man or most importantly give up the cross because the attitude and the ways of men at that time were not encouraging? Someone can say, that’s God now, he’s the messiah and he’s a superman. But hey, is that not why he came in a man, took all the forms of man, that man may carry his nature and be a representative of him in the earth? Eph 5:1-2 says to be imitators of Christ in all things and imitating Christ would mean to incline to a self-sacrificing lifestyle.
Christianity is a call to service. Intentional service and sacrifice. You owe it to God and the brethren to live and walk in love, to grow in knowledge, to give the sacrifice of your time, to reciprocate good deeds, give of your energy, give of your plans, your ears, resources, etc., at all times. This is not saying to burn yourself out to dry but rather to serve not only at convenient and easy times. May we take the time to meet the need of others, may we love beyond words, and may the world know us by that love.
Be Intentional about laying down your life for others. This is our living sacrifice
Additional Scriptures John 15:13, Phil 2:3-4, John 3:16, 1Cor 13:17, Gal 6:9, John 13:34, Eph 5:1-2