John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
To “lay down one’s life” sounds like the ultimate sacrifice indeed. Jesus went to the cross for us. Is that what he means? Well, maybe. It’s true that Jesus died for us all, but the verb used here is more of an ongoing action – something to be done over and over again – not just once. We can only give up our mortal lives once, so it’s likely Jesus had something else in mind.
To “lay down one’s life” is that we lay aside our own personal preferences, desires, ambitions for the sake of another. I lay down my life when I place someone else as a higher priority than myself. Over and over again.
Today is Mothers’ Day in the United States and I can’t think of a greater description of a mother than someone who continually makes someone else a higher priority than herself. Wouldn’t you agree? Here shortly I’ll head over to the church I lead in suburban Dallas. During my sermon today I’ll show a video that says, among other things, “Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.”
For all you mothers out there, biological and otherwise (some of the best moms I’ve ever met have never had children of their own) today we thank God for you.
Heavenly Father, one of your greatest ideas you ever had was the creation of mothers. Bless all moms today – those who gave birth to us and those who didn’t. Amen.