By: Tim Sader
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. (John 10:17)
Last week we learned about the wonders of God and how we can see Him even in small ways when we give our lives to Him. Our song was God Of Wonders by Third Day. God the Father really loved the devotion of Christ to us. He willingly laid down His life for us and took it back up again so our relationship with God could be restored. Our song for today will be Lay Me Down by Rush of Fools. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/RMHezIOJtZc or search for it on YouTube. With hearts open wide from the depths and the heights I bring a sacrifice to the Lord. With hands lifted high; hear my song and my cry as I bring a sacrifice. Lay Me Down, I am not my own; I belong to Him alone. Hands on my heart it is true there’s no life apart from God alone. What Jesus did for us when He laid it all down He did so we would be saved from our sinful nature. When He was made alive again we were made alive with Him for eternity. What we give to Him is what He first gave to His Father. He wants our lives to be devoted to the truth that can only be found in Him. We must willingly Lay Me Down and let Him be alive in us. We do this with our lives and actions. We lay down our lives for the sake of the gospel and to show the love of Christ to others. We submit our lives to God, not to our own understanding and He will keep us on the right path (Proverbs 3:5-6). When we Lay Me Down to Him we give up living for ourselves and we learn how to return our love to Him and how to love others. When we yield it all to the Lord we gain everything we will ever need forever.
Christ is the good shepherd and He laid His life down for all His sheep (John 10:11). We are His sheep and the Father loves this about His Son; that He would willingly sacrifice His own comfort to save all of us. His command is that we would love eachother as He has loved us. No one has greater love than the one willing to lay down their life for a friend. We are Christs friend if we follow His command to love others (John 15:12-14). To give our lives has very little to do with dying; we give our lives when we say I Lay Me Down to unselfishly give to someone else. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so (Romans 8:7). When our mind is not concerned about following God we will not submit to Him. If we are operating in the flesh there is no way for us to submit our mind to Him. For this reason we must not let sin rule over our bodies by obeying its evil desires. We must not offer any part of us over to sin and wickedness but rather offer ourselves to God who gave us life. We offer every part of us to Him to be used as instruments of righteousness. Sin is no longer master over us because we are not under the law but under grace (Romans 6:12-14). If we belong to God it will be our desire to please Him and not satisfy our evil tendencies. We may still sin sometimes but our goal needs to be letting God use us and allowing His grace to change us. We know what love is because Christ laid down His life for us. This is why we will Lay Me Down to our brothers and sisters. If we are blessed enough to have material possessions and see someone in need but have no pity on them, how can the love of God be in us? We must not love only with our words and speech but with actions and truth (1 John 3:16-18). We can say we love anyone but if we don’t lay down ourselves and show them it is only words. So then let us submit it all to God, resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). If we will Lay Me Down and resist the devil others will see the love of God in us and we will be changed by the grace we been given.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16