Since today’s message was about laying down one’s life (a subject visited already a few times during my doodles), I thought I’d try to come at it from a little different direction. Oswald Chambers said a couple of things that I thought interesting this morning,
It is much easier to die than to lay down your life day in and day out with the sense of the high calling of God. . . . There was only one bright-shining moment in the life of Jesus, and that was on the Mount of Transfiguration. It was there that He emptied Himself of His glory for the second time, and then came down into the demon-possessed valley (see Mark 9:1-29). For thirty-three years Jesus laid down His life to do the will of His Father. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Yet it is contrary to our human nature to do so.
I got to thinking about the “high-calling” or “special calling” ideas that we’re all raised with. It’s been instilled in human psyche that greatness is in doing something HUGE, significant, life changing, etc. Again, God, in the form of Christ, throws our ideas under the bus. Jesus could have skipped out at the Mount of Transfiguration. Instead, He stepped away from His shiny, mountaintop GOD SHINING THROUGH GLORY, came back down to human, put His sandals back on and got back to work to save us–because He loved us. The reward? Bringing many sons to glory. We are no different. It’s not in the big glories, but the walking around with humble shoes doing the things that God is calling us to do, day in and day out, drudging on and on and on–never knowing whether what we do is of value or not, just knowing we’re doing what we feel called to do at that moment. it will NEVER be easy and often mundane, but because God’s Word will not come back void, the reward will be–bringing many sons to glory. (Or at least one–which is way better than none and all Heaven rejoices over that one!)