Lent - Life
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded." – Paul, while sitting in a Roman prison, Philippians 2:1-2
What would it look like for us to imitate Christ? What would it look like if we embraced his humility? What would it look like if we adapted the mindset of Christ? Simply put - we would do much more Active Living than Passive Dying. Rather than waste life, we would enhance life - both our own and the lives of others around us. We would speak words of love not hate, gratitude not grumbling, encouragement not gossip. If we adapted the Way of Christ, we would embrace sinners, welcome strangers, touch the untouchable. Rather than sitting and watching life from the sidelines, we would take risks and approach life with faith instead of fear, sincerity instead of skepticism. We would embrace the servanthood and humility of Christ, who (though he was divine) gave it all up as an act of love for you and me. Here's another way to think about it - we would resign as master of the board. We would stop insisting on our agendas. We would stop offering our excuses. We would cherish the treasures that God treasured - ie. God and people, not our stuff. We would treasure each day of life as a priceless and precious gift. Just yesterday, a friend shared with me the words of Steve Jobs as he reflected on his mortality, "You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you, but you cannot have someone bear the sickness for you. Material things lost can be found, but there is one thing that cannot be found when it is lost - LIFE." Friends, as we continue our Lenten journey, let's embrace the life, the love, and the mindset of Christ.