What it means to lay down your life

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It’s the life that with wholehearted devotion, gives up all for God, that can claim all from God ~ Andrew Murray

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5) GNT.

No one gives up all for, and to someone else without love; unconditional love. When you give up yourself for someone, and to someone wholeheartedly and willingly, it means you lay your life down for them. Your entire being and heart is fully devoted and dedicated to the service of that particular cause or person and this simply means dying to self. A huge price is paid.

Giving yourself up for someone or to someone does not necessarily mean dying for them. In contrast, it’s living for them. It’s dedicating yourself to them and for them, and this requires sacrifice. It means doing what the other person wants as well as putting them before yourself. They simply become your priority.

If we look at the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, we realize that He lived a life of sacrifice. He gave Himself up to His Father and for His Father. He lived the kind of life that God wanted Him to live and did what He wanted Him to do. This is why it was not hard for Him to submit to the will of God. He was obedient to His Father’s will, even when maybe it was not His personal preference. Three times Jesus went and prayed, “not my will, but Yours” (Matthew 26:39-44).

Laying down your life is not ending it; it’s giving your life, committing or ordaining your life to God alone.