Give Yourself to Others …

From the Kingdom of Heaven

Posted on: 2006/12/30

  • A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but remember that even when those who move you may be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say “but I was told by others to do this or that;….” This will not suffice….

— The King of Jerusalem in the movie, Kingdom of Heaven

What a great quote — especially for a movie.

And it makes a great point about how we live out our faith in God. God cares about our hearts, not the hearts of people we listen to.

It is a good thing to seek the wisdom of others, but listening to others does not replace our individual obligation to live out life as God wants us to live.

As much as I hate the cliche nature of the phrase, What Would Jesus Do? It is the right question. It matters not what Joe would do, or Susan, or Bob, or Harry. Jesus is the model. And what he did was to love as no one on earth had ever loved before.

He gave himself to you and me, for our good, expecting and requiring nothing in return. We may choose to follow his example, or we may choose to ignore his example. It’s your choice and it’s my choice.

And even it we try, we’ll never completely live up to that standard. There once again, Jesus’ love kicks in, and by his grace, we’re forgiven of our failures and by his grace, we get credit for trying — in spite of our failures.

Are you listening to Jesus or to the wisdom of men?

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