by JW Kaiser
I have a confession. I’m often a very selfish person. Sometimes I’m all I can think about. I want to be first, right and best most of the time. I’ve learned I’m not alone in this self centered attitude. You have this affliction too. We all do. It’s our sin nature.
As a surfer this “me first” selfish attitude is the most evident when the waves are good. I want all the waves. I remember there was an older surfer when I was growing up who would share waves with everyone… even when it was good. One day when it was especially good, he had the peak of the best wave of the day. I was on the shoulder and we made eye contact. As he was about to stand to his feet to drop in, he smiled and me and just said, “you go”. And I went. And it was good. That’s how that guy surfed. He had a “you go” attitude. This translated to his life out of the water too. He was living out his faith in Christ by putting everyone else before himself.
That is the Gospel. Others before yourself. If you want to be first, you must be last. If you want to live, you must die. Die to your selfish ambitions, your ego, your ‘you-centric’ world. I challenge you to try it sometime. Next time it’s really good out, and you’re about to drop into a great wave, look at the guy down the line, smile, and say “You go”. As the words come out of your mouth, you will be practicing living the “Life to the full” that Jesus calls us to. It’s a life where we put others before ourselves, because this is exactly how and why Jesus lived and died for us.
Jesus said “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.”
Mathew 16:25, The Message