In last Sunday’s sermon, I heard about the importance of being willing to lay down our life for another. In our current life situation however, it doesn’t seem likely that we would ever be in a position in which we’d have to actually die for someone else. So how do I apply this message to my life?
When I think of this message, my thoughts are drawn to a fellow parishioner. I know that I could ask her any favor, and no matter how inconvenient or dreadful the request (as long as it didn’t compromise her beliefs of course), I know that she would put aside her plans and her convenience to help me. She wouldn’t help me just if it fit into her schedule or worked out for her, but if there was any way possible, I know she would help me. And it’s not just me, she would do that for you too, even if she doesn’t know you. I think that’s what Christ is calling us to do. We need to be prepared to put aside our plan and our comfort in order to serve another.
In his book The Greatest Thing in the World, Henry Drummond reiterates what the Gospel tells us: “There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. And half the world is on the wrong scent in pursuit of happiness. They think it consists of having and getting, and in being served by others. It consists in giving and in serving others.”