In every person’s life there has been a moment, for some many moments when they asked themselves or just wondered what or how am I supposed to live? What is this life supposed to look like? For many they look to a hero or a family member or friend that they greatly respect or admire. The reality is that all of this will fall short at some point. Those people will in some way let you down and you will find yourself once again asking the same questions again. Those questions will never truly be answered until we look to the example of Jesus.
This passage answers these questions in the way of telling us how we should live in relation to our neighbors. Paul says that we should look not to please ourselves and to build up our neighbor simply for their benefit; not for our gain. This is simply because Christ set the example for us to follow, as He did not seek to please Himself. Rather, he endured the cross for our benefit even though we were as sinners against Him.
So when we come to the point where we question how we should live and what this life should look like we can know there is an answer. Jesus set before us a beautiful example that He desires for us to follow. Paul describes harmony with one another as a result of simply acting as Christ acted towards one another. Think about how immense of an impact that would be made if we were to truly model our life after Jesus. We have all tried to follow the example of an imperfect person and we are always discouraged with the imperfect outcome. Today will you make a point to follow the example of Jesus and be encouraged in the harmony of His grace?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate