This page is dedicated to the subject of love, as presented first and foremost in the teachings of Jesus. Scroll down to read the newer articles.
LOSING YOUR LIFE
The most important thing that Jesus taught us was how to love one another. This is the crux of all that he taught us, and he showed us many real life applications that enable us to put this love in action, rather than just accumulating head knowledge ABOUT love.
Here is an example of how to live this love out in practical terms:
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
Jesus first and foremost applied this teaching to himself, as he eventually laid down his own life for all of us. There are a number of theological implications to his sacrificial death, but for now we will simply say that he lived out his own teaching by laying down his own life.
The issue at hand becomes how we are to lay down our lives for others. This can be done in a myriad of ways. One example is letting go of our own desires and ambitions in our own lives so that we can serve others for the greater good of humanity. For example, we who have created this website/blog have done so for the purpose of giving away the truth that we have found brings ultimate meaning to our lives and the lives of others we try to reach out to. In order to even find this website, most people have received small booklets from us that we create ourselves, in the hopes of inspiring others with the radical truths that Jesus of Nazareth taught. We leave our contact details and the address of this blog on our publications so that people can come here and get a much fuller picture of why we hand out our booklets in the first place.
The absolute, fundamental reason we get out on the streets and share this message is based on nothing other than LOVE. Our love for God and our love for a world that is caught up in so much deception, where it is easy to feel that life is meaningless. We firmly believe that there are many people out there who are looking for truth, and we believe we have found the ultimate truth in the life and teachings of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels. In the course of us trying to share these teachings on a regular basis, we also face a lot of rejection, a lot of apathy, and even some outright animosity from some who feel it is their duty to silence us. This brings us to another teaching of Jesus which is very hard for today’s world to accept:
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? (Luke 9:24-25).
In this saying of Jesus, we find him again showing us the way to self-sacrificial love. One way that we feel we are letting go of our own lives is in the act of sharing this message with the masses. Our flesh doesn’t always want to get out on the streets and face the challenges we face out there, the kind of challenges we have mentioned above. It would be so much easier to follow the ways of the world and only care about ourselves, or our little group of family and friends. But we know from deep experience that this is not the way that Jesus has intended us to follow him. By letting go of our respectability, our self image, our desire to fit in, we have taken the words of Jesus seriously enough to let go of any of our petty ideas on how to live our lives. Instead we have chosen to figuratively “pick up our cross” and die to ourselves. This is by no means easy, but the love that God has shown us through Jesus allows us to continue, day after day, on this path of abandoning our personal ambitions. As a result, we have found freedom in Christ, who has given us his own life in place of our own.
We invite you to come to know this love which can never be found in the temporal things of this life, including our deepest relationships with others. We invite you to live a life infused with meaning that cannot be taken away from you. We encourage you to look into the teachings of Jesus, at the heart of which is absolute love.