God grants us an uncommon life to the degree that we surrender our common one.  Jesus said, “If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life” (Matthew 16:25).

Imagine that you are a photographer for an ad agency and your boss assigns you your biggest photo shoot ever—an adult magazine.  Say yes and polish your reputation; yet you’ll use your God-given gifts to tarnish Christ’s reputation. What do you choose?  You have a choice!

Jesus did too.  He “made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men…he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8). Christ abandoned his reputation, and God hunts for those who will do likewise.

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