The Way Up Is Down

What I learned from water baptism at the beach:

As Pastor E slam dunked people in the water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit it was apparent that although the nearby onlookers didn't know any of our names, they likely knew the name (or faith) in which we were publicly identifying with. The name of Jesus Christ. What a great way to start (or restart) the Christian walk which will perpetually require us to be nameless for the sake of making Jesus famous. 

Psalm 115:1 Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

The further along I walk down the narrow road that leads to life the more I leard that for the Christian, everyday is opposite day in comparison to the former life, and the way of the world. Prior to identifying with Christ my desire was for my name to be known, my reputation to be respected, and my life to be a celebrated success. Everything was about the "Come up", or "making it". For the sake of, well, I guess coming up, and making... It? But these days I'm learning that I had it all backwards! God (who I'm sure has a great sense of humor) designed the life of faith so that the way up is actually down! Who would of thought? The bible says "He who humbles himself will be exalted, and he who exalts himself will be humbled." Meanwhile people are racing up the never ending ladder of success, and acceptance taking a ton of selfies on the way up trying to become someone far less awesome than who they already are. Kind of like Eve in the garden of Eden. 

Genesis 5:1 This is the written account of Adam's family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.

John the Baptist was well known in his day for one thing, preparing the way for someone far greater than him by his own admission. When was the last time we committed ourselves to promoting something or someone other than and better than ourselves? The He that John the baptist was referring to is Jesus of whom John said "I must decrease, and he must increase". Even Jesus, God in the flesh, laid aside his Godliness, and humbled himself in obedience to the point of death on a cross. Christ relinquished His divine rights in order to save the soul of a sinner. I have a difficult time relinquishing the right of way which is rightfully mine when someone intrudes upon that during my morning drive to church. These biblical principles of humility, and selflessness are contrary to the haughty and selfish ways of the world, but each day is an opportunity for us to humble ourselves before God and man, abandoning all pride and selfish ambition, and instead seeking the greater good for the glory of God. 
The idea is not to think less of yourself, but to think of yourself less, surrendering to God and being baptized in Christ daily by declaring in word and in deed that our faith is in Him, and not in ourselves.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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