I had an opportunity yesterday to use one of my "rights". In America we all "know our rights" and are ready to recite them if someone is infringing upon our freedom. Our rights guarantee(in theory) that we will get what is rightfully ours and that no one will exploit, harm, or take advantage of us without repercussions.
One of the things we don't often think about as Christian is surrendering our rights; not taking full advantage of what is lawfully or rightfully ours. Ready to lay down your rights? Certainly not all of them, and certainly not all the time. But consider the following:
*would you lay down your right to harm someone after they've harmed you?
*would you lay down your right to get paid for something and work for charity?
*would you lay down your right have some punished for wronging you?
*would you lay down your right to defend yourself from a harsh criticism?
*would you lay down your right to have restitution in a financial matter?
I realize each one of these raises a series of questions and the answer would probably be "it depends". Fair enough. Would it surprise you that King Jesus, the Lord of All, willing laid down his rights? Read Philippians 2:6-8
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (NLT)
If we are to push Christ to the forefront, and be followers of his ways, what rights might we have to lay aside? What privileges might we willingly not use? What injustices might we choose to face? He must increase!
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Genesis 27