A Kingly Example

One of Jesus’ main messages when He walked the earth was to love each other as He loved us (John 13:34). It was love that brought Jesus to earth and it was love that brought Him to the cross. This week, we’ve been celebrating KING’S Week, our week of celebrating and remembering Jesus’ journey to the cross by doing exactly what He did and instructed us to do: love others. When you say the word “church,” most people think of a building first, but the church is inside of us. We take the community, love, and joy that Jesus exemplified and share it with the world. We are those things to friends, family, coworkers, strangers, and even enemies.

When you spread the type of love that Jesus spread, you do what He did. Many of the leaders couldn’t see Jesus as the King He was because He was unlike other kings. He did not come to lead an army, but He came as a humble servant. He served His disciples and others and He instructed us to do the same by giving to the needy. There were people who came to see Jesus, but He did not wait idly for them to come. He went out from where He was and traveled to help others, teach people, and heal the sick. His entire ministry leading up to the cross was selfless and self-sacrificing. Jesus didn’t just do things like a servant, but He lived His life as one. It wasn’t a job. It was who He is and He wants us to be the same.

Be prayerful. In order to give like Jesus did, you have to remain connected to God and who He is. It’s impossible to be like Jesus without knowing Him. You know God more through prayer. It’s easy to read about Him, but there is a difference between knowing about Him and knowing Him personally. Only He can continue to mold you into His likeness. Keep praying, not just to receive from His hand, but to have quality time with Him, getting to know Him and becoming more like Him.

Be selfless. Being like Jesus includes putting others before yourself. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). He called us friends and laid His life down for us and instructed us to love others the same way He loves us (John 13:34). It’s a selfless love that sacrifices for the needs of others.

Be humble. It isn’t always easy being a servant. With selflessness comes humility. Humility is “to make low” or “having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.” This isn’t the same as having low self-esteem or low self-confidence. Being humble means not thinking of yourself more highly than you should (Romans 12:3). It is being aware of your own position, especially in the Kingdom of God. Even Jesus knew that He was to be submitted to the Father. He constantly talked about being on earth to do the Father’s will and that He didn’t come to do His own will. Humility is remembering where you stand, especially in comparison to God.

It’s easy to approach Passion Week and Easter as a time to remember Jesus on the cross, dying for our sins. We often look to His death during this time rather than His life. One of the best ways to remember the cross is to remember what Jesus lived for. He lived a prayerful, selfless, humble life for the sake of others and He wants us to do the same.

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