I have always appreciated creative minds. Whether it’s an amusing advertisement, catchy commercial or funny bumper sticker, I enjoy unique themes. While watching my daughter Lydia’s volleyball game, I sat behind the opposition’s varsity team as new T-shirts arrived. On the back, a powerful message was displayed about what it means to be a great teammate, “Never Me Always We.”
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me, Galatians 2:20.
This motto got me thinking about my own Christian faith. Sadly, I find my own life resembling another T-Shirt design. However, this one reads “Always Me, Occasionally Thee.” Some where along the way I have discarded a servant’s heart for selfish reasons. Unfortunately, I have forgotten one of the apostle Paul’s life’s verse, dying to self. This is the way these students can proclaim “Never Me Always We.”
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me, Luke 9:23.
Before accepting individuals as disciples, Jesus had three expectations for each one to follow. There were no exceptions to these standards, turning away many who were not willing to submit. First, you needed to deny yourself, to become part of God’s team. Second, join this crusade, to make fishers of men by saving souls. Finally, commit to following God’s will wherever this may lead you. If you are willing to submit to these requirements, you too can say with confidence Never Me God Always Thee.
by Jay Mankus