Consider those moments when plans start to go sideways and slide out of control, when it looks like there’s a remote possibility of failure, who’s at fault?
“Well, it’s darn sure not going to be me, and I’m going to make sure everybody knows it too.” Which is the exact opposite of living dead. Unfortunately, we are taught by our culture (and the natural DNA that courses through our veins), “I DESERVE a fair shake. I HAVE RIGHTS!”
Several times during my summer of dying the Lord stopped me short of screaming these mighty declarations at the top of my lungs. Instead, he reminded me over and over again to serve, with humility, and to take the low road. The same road the Savior took. The road way less traveled in our day and age. Today’s self-aggrandizing road is paved by Facebook, MySpace, Follow Me on Twitter, a I Hope I Go Viral.
Here’s one of the passages I contemplated as the Lord called me to Live Dead – is He calling you too?
2 1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. (Philippians/Message Translation).