What does a life laid down for Jesus look like here in the West? When it comes down to it, it really looks like much the same as it does “on the field”.
It is a giving over of your will, your emotions, your every thought, desire and every breath to Jesus. It is laying down… on the concrete or the carpet more than the dirt! Both physically and emotionally. And letting Him love you, day by day. It is a CHOICE, day by day, to choose to LOVE. To love HIM and to love each one in front of you. No matter if they bug you, if they do something that just really annoys you or even seriously hurts you… choose love, and choose life. Choose to speak words of life. To Look Up. To look up to the sky, to look up to heaven, to look up into HIS eyes, be filled with HIS heart and HIS perspective, HIS joy and then to look around and see with HIS eyes! Feel with HIS heart! It is a choice to be with Him every day… to let the ins and outs of everyday life force you even, to NEED Him. And to know that that is okay. Not even just okay, but required.
It is those who truly need and who KNOW their need, who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. We come to Him low and in need only to be lifted up and set in high places. Ephesians 2:6. The poor in Spirit inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Both in the time to come, and the time that is now. For after you have looked into His eyes, and looked around… you see what is here on earth and what needs to be changed to be like Heaven… you are filled with the heartbeat of Heaven and He has given you the power to release that!
So stop what you are doing. Be filled with Him, and then go about your day continuously being filled and overflowing all around you… oops, there’s a bit of Heaven leaking out of me onto you! Didn’t do it on purpose, it just HAPPENED because He’s the kind of God who fills to overflowing!
LOVE the Lord your God with ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind, and all you strength, and love your neighbour as yourself.