it’s not about me

Often in life we are taken up with our own problems and concerns, not to mention interests. In a parable Jesus spoke of the thorns which can choke the planted seed (the word) and make it unfruitful, namely “the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth.” Paul lamented that most all even believers were seeking their own interests, not those of Jesus.

Jesus did come for all of us, and the Father cares for us to the extent of knowing the smallest details about us. But that is not what life is about. We find our real place in life even in that most tender of God’s care, when we live with the same goal and view of life which Jesus himself had. When all is about God and about God’s kingdom come in Jesus. And we see others in light of that to the point where we give of ourselves by God’s grace for the good of others.

This is the mindset or attitude with which God came into our world in the Son, Jesus. Becoming fully human and living in humility and dying the worst death, the death of the cross, in obedience to the Father. We together in Jesus are to have that same mindset and attitude. In Jesus we do; we are told that we have the mind of Christ. It is Christ in us by the Spirit who makes the difference. Of course we need to grow in our capacity to the Spirit’s working, which actually in itself is of the Spirit, and not of ourselves, and yet we’re taken up into this, so that we can either learn (or be trained) to be in step with the Spirit, or not.

Jesus came, born into this world like all the rest of us to bring the salvation that only he can bring. Now we’re to live out that salvation day after day throughout our life so that others might be drawn into that salvation in Jesus. It’s about Jesus, and the salvation he brings to us, and then through us for the world.

a prayer for the day

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer