The way of the cross is that of an upside down Kingdom—an invitation to serve one another. This path modelled by Jesus, who lived his life to sit alongside strangers and show them love.
This quandary flies in the face of our culture that constantly asks of us to be more, to do more and to climb a ladder of success and accomplishment.
At the end of your life what will be your measure of success?
Money made or money lost
Friendship connected or friends that have moved on
Studies and accomplishments achieved
Experiences, memories made and numbers of followers online.
Maybe success for you looks like the number of people who attend your church services, or the amount of times you have been rostered on conference brochures to speak.
The question really is though, are you accessing your worth and value from a worldview that declares success by material things—an external expression of wealth and wellbeing.
Or are you able to rest in the knowledge that you are truly, known, loved and connected, through a relationship that is eternal.
This is the upside down kingdom, where hospitality, kindness and empathy are a currency worth far more than consumable goods.
Instead of climbing ladders, what if we lowered our ropes into places, forgotten. Remembering that we were born to live a life of service. Not one of accolades, titles and agendas.