Honoring Lives Laid Down
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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
May 27, 2018

Honoring Lives Laid Down


John 15:13 NAS Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.


1 John 3:16-17 NKJV 16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?


What does it mean to lay down your life for someone?


The average American lifespan is 78 years & 8 months

944 months 28,740 days or 689,762 hours

Our lives consist of a specific amount of hours or minutes

  • Once we use that time on something it’s gone, never to be gotten back

    • So we trade our time for what we use that time on


Looking at it this way, we give our lives to whatever takes the time of our life.


On average, 115 people in the U.S. die each day from an opioid overdose, and six Americans per day are dying from alcohol abuse—the highest rate in 35 years.


Matthew 16:25 NAS For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.


Many of you have committed your entire life to whatever the Lord wants you to do

  • You've turned down jobs, the chance to pursue greater things to give your life.


Honor those who have given their lives

In doing so you honor your own call


“Will You Lay Down Your Life?” By Oswald Chambers

Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said to the Lord, “I will lay down my life for Your sake,” and he meant it. He had a magnificent sense of the heroic.

Has the Lord ever asked you, “Will you lay down your life for My sake?” It is much easier to die than to lay down your life day in and day out with the sense of the high calling of God.


For thirty-three years Jesus laid down His life to do the will of His Father. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Yet it is contrary to our human nature to do so.


If I am a friend of Jesus, I must deliberately and carefully lay down my life for Him. It is a difficult thing to do, and thank God that it is. Salvation is easy for us, because it cost God so much. But the exhibiting of salvation in my life is difficult. God saves a person, fills him with the Holy Spirit, and then says, in effect, “Now you work it out in your life, and be faithful to Me, even though the nature of everything around you is to cause you to be unfaithful.”


We are called to live life here to the fullest and this will require portions of our time (lives)

  • This time is split between many things

    • Evaluate yourself to see if your are fulfilling ‘laying your life down’.


Ephesians 5:15-17 AMP

15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.