I know that I will probably return home safely, but not knowing what will happen when I am away makes me prioritise all of my favourite things.
Reference: v.1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. (NIV Bible)
Explore: On numerous occasions I have travelled overseas to be a part of a short-term mission trip. Before I leave home there are a number of things I like to do. I specifically choose my favourite food that I know I wont be able to get when I'm away; I spend as much time with my family and friends; and I relish sleeping in my own bed for as long as I can. I know that I will probably return home safely, but not knowing what will happen when I am away makes me prioritise all of my favourite things. I feel I can justify being selfish for a short period of time because it will be a little while before I can enjoy my favourite things again.
Application: In the lead up to Jesus' death He knew that He was going to be betrayed soon. I don't know exactly how much Jesus knew of the horrendous crucifixion that was before Him but it is amazing to see what He decided to do before He endured it all. Unlike me, He didn't spend time with just his favourite people; He actually shared in a religious meal with his betrayer. Unlike me, He didn't just focus just on His favourite activities; He continued to minister to the people around Him. And unlike me, Jesus didn't prioritise His own needs, but He humbled Himself and served His disciples by washing their feet. What an amazing example of selflessness. If Jesus' death on the cross wasn't enough, He shows us again and again what it is to truly love your neighbour. May we take His lead and work towards putting other people first rather than prioritising our own needs.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the selflessness that You showed to us is astounding. Rather than be overwhelmed by it, may we strive to live like that too. Amen.
How can you put selfishness aside and become more selfless?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.