Jesus said that ‘No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his friend.” Yes, it is all true that our Lord died on the Cross for our sins, but it started long before that.
Think about it. Jesus didn’t have to walk thousands of miles to be with the down trotted. He could have had an entourage, a chariot or something along those lines. However, Jesus chose to give up his life so that others should live. Apparently, he didn’t feel we should wait until we die before we lived, but began here on earth.
In this way, Jesus was not about getting. He was about Giving. And in the giving this is where we not only forfeit what we want (our desires and life) but actually gain a better life here and in the thereafter.
This is a tall order. Rather than pursue our own, personal goals, we are called into service to others. We are called out of selfishness. We are called to give and give and give where there is no more to give.
And it’s not like we don’t receive, yet we are called to receive transformation of spirit as a result of obedience into our faith.
The answer to happiness is so easy to state, yet difficult to do. We all want our own want. To that extent we are cursed because of our own thinking. However, God’s thoughts are so much higher than our own. This season we should have an introspection and tally up our true motives and desires. In serving people we are serving God. In giving we are obtaining the highest prize in the Universe and that is the favor of the almighty our creator. Give of self and contribute that which is no greater than the love which dwells inside of you.


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