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Jesus said, “no greater love has someone, than if they will lay down their life for a friend.”

John 15:13

He made that statement talking about His love for us, but now we understand it in the context of laying down our lives for Him, and for those who He loves.

The Christian is not made to live for himself, He/she is made and recreated to live for Jesus and for who He loves.  This means laying down our lives for what He wants of us.  This is a foreign message to so many of us.  We’ve come to think this is somehow fulfilled if we attend church.  Or we’ve figured out ways to shut the message off.  Others of us have let our ears become dull to it.  Still others of us are tired of that sacrificial life for a while and now we don’t have time for it.  We have moved on into the life of prosperous Christianity.  BTW, this is why so many hate the prosperity message.  Because many caught up in the blessings and prosperity of God’s promises have forgotten why it came and how they are to live.

I Corinthians 9:19  For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. 20  And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law, though not being myself under the Law, that I might win those who are under the Law;  21  to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, that I might win those who are without law.  22  To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.   23  And I do all things for the sake of the gospel, that I may become a fellow partaker of it.  24  Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

What will you change in your lifestyle that will enable you to win the un-won?  Talk is cheap and Christians are incessant talkers.  Make a change this year and never go back.