No one likes conceding defeat in an argument. And no one likes to be the first to say “I’m sorry.”
For me, I am the master of “I’m sorry, but….”
Today’s post stems from one of those passages that just cuts to the heart. I have read and re-read 2 Corinthians 4 & 5 for about the past week and every single day I get hung up on the following couple of verses:
2 Cor 4:10 – We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the “eternal life” part of our faith that we forget about the “daily death” insinuations that come in Scripture.
We get caught up in the “God is love” and act as if calls to obedience don’t exist.
Christ led by serving and wants us to serve.
Christ laid down his life and calls us to lay down ours for others.
Christ died for us to die.
So what does it mean to “carry the DEATH of Jesus so that the LIFE of Jesus may be revealed in our body?
Dying to self means doing what is in the best interest of the Kingdom, not what is in your own best interest. And yes, that can get really uncomfortable.
Here are just a few practical ways you can carry Christ’s death in your body today:
- Choose to not get the last word in an argument.
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive through.
- Take time to buy someone in need a meal, and sit and chat with them.
- Ask yourself “What would really be a blessing to (fill in name here)?” Then do whatever that is.
- When someone asks for a favor, do it without grumbling or asking for anything in return.
- Be ready to talk about Jesus when someone asks about the hope you have.
- Say “I’m sorry.”
- Not “I’m sorry, but. . . .”
- Mow someone else’s lawn.
- Give someone a ride.
- Give up a night a week to have someone over for dinner and serve them.
- Volunteer at your church, a charity or similar organization.
- Volunteer to do the job no one wants to do.
Many of these things could make life uncomfortable. You might be late somewhere you need to be. You might lose 20 bucks that you planned on using on something else. You might be inconvenienced. You might not get to relax
But if you’ve died to yourself, it’s not about you.
Our goal is to reveal Jesus’ life to others, not show off our own.
And when we “carry around the DEATH of Christ in our bodies,” reminding ourselves of what he did for us MANY times EVERY day, we will, in turn, “reveal the LIFE of Christ in our bodies.”