And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2nd Corinthians 5:15 NIV
After not having seen each other in some time, two men stood around to chat. One of them had been through some rough times with his health. He attended church regularly while his friend did not. But one remark completely baffled the other man. He said that he thought that God never had to suffer an ordeal like He had gone through, or He would not make us suffer those painful times. The other man did not know how to respond. Would we?
Times can be painful. They can weigh so heavily on us that even the most saintly would cry out for their struggles to end. Perhaps the man in the story was too focused on his own life to let God´s sacrifice impress him any longer. But even without diving into the pain that the Lord has always endured for us out of mercy and love, we should be able to see that the Christian walk is not about us. It is about God. We do form a significant part of His great plan. But as we come to know what Christ calls us to, the protagonist position shifts from us to God. The closer we come, and the more we know our Lord, the more we see how much He has suffered for us. The more we know Him, the more we will feel a burden to live for Him! What are our hearts saying now? Are we aching to live for Him? Or do we still want to live for ourselves?
Please help us shift our interest from us to You! Let us see enough of You to know what we should live for, we pray!