Thursday, September 03, 2009

What's the difference?

Jesus told his followers that the Son of Man came to serve, not to be served.

He understood and lived the life of a servant.

He was selfless.

Some of us confuse being a martyr with being selfless.

Would it be accurate to say that the distinction is something like this: Being a martyr is to say to yourself, "Well, here I am taking one for the team again. Are you seeing this, Lord?" Being selfless is not even registering that you are "taking one for the team."

The fact that you are being hurt, inconvenienced, ignored, persecuted, put upon, taken for granted, targeted, falsely accused and treated insignificant does not seem like anything out of the ordinary or anything that should be protested when you are selfless.

Oh sure, being selfless calls for some pretty super-human qualities.

Or does it?

If I make that claim, I might be echoing that oft-heard excuse: "Well ... Jesus could do it because he is Jesus..." Hmmm ... how do I reconcile that sentiment with the concept that Jesus was completely divine AND completely human?

Maybe in the process of becoming selfless, the divine empowers us to realize or experience our full human potential.

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