September 09, 2021 | By Chuck
Selfless is when one has little to no concern for his or herself. Selfless describes Jesus perfectly as He prayed “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Mt.26:39). When facing death on the cross Jesus was selfless and more concerned with the Father’s will than his own. Most would do anything possible to save their own life. At a life and death moment most will think of themselves. Thankfully Jesus was so selfless that He obeyed His Father’s will and died for our sins on the cross.
Jesus’ selfless act on the cross for us sets the tone for how all Christ-followers are to live. “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (II Cor.5:14-15). As difficult as it is, Christians are to be selfless. In fact, a very key step in following Jesus is self-denial. Denying ourselves is not a natural thing because we know what we want and we want it now. But if we’re going to faithfully follow Jesus daily then we must constantly remind ourselves that it’s not about us. The strongest Christians are those who empty themselves of self and fill their lives with Jesus.
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk.9:23).