A life not lived for others is not a life. – Mother Teresa
You may have heard of the brave Indiana mother who shielded her two children from a horrible tornado that completely destroyed their home.
As the tornado approached, she quickly took her children to the basement and threw herself on top of them. The children made it through the devastation intact. The mother, however, did not. She lost one leg, the other foot, had broken ribs and a punctured lung. Her selfless act inspired many across the nation – a picture of "Jesus kind of love."
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. – 1 John 3:16
Consider again how Jesus reacted to the leper in Matthew 8. Jesus took an enormous risk by touching this man! Think about that! Leprosy was transmitted by touch, that's why everyone ran away from these guys.
If Jesus had a spirit of fear, the entire story (and the whole Bible, for that matter) would have been much different. The people around Him may have been saying, "Oh, Jesus, no! Step back with the rest of us. You don't want to touch him. Think about Your future – Your ministry!" Jesus risked everything by loving the leper. But why?
Soren Kierkegaard says it this way, "Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts." In other words, you can look at the way someone lives and figure out what they're thinking about! With Jesus, that's easy! We know He was thinking about touching the hurting people, because every chance He got, He touched hurting people. Jesus had a selfless, risky kind of love. And nowhere is it more apparent than when He gave His life for ours on the cross.
Loving Savior, I pray that You would grant me a spirit of courage so I can reach out to love others, regardless of the risk. I am through counting the cost. Live through me to love others as You love me, selflessly. Amen.
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