Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read.In my personal Bible reading this week, I read the account of the Crucifixion of Jesus in Mark 15. Along with my Bible reading, I'm using Warren Wiersbe's With the Word, and his comments on that chapter resonated with me:
The devil told Jesus, "Serve Yourself!" (Matt. 4:3,4). Peter said, "Pity Yourself!" (Matt. 16:21-23). His unsaved relatives said, "Show Yourself!" (John 7:4). The crowd at Calvary said, "Save Yourself!" But Jesus was deaf to all those appeals and gave Himself.This quote reminds me to turn a deaf ear to the often well-meaning advice of family and friends and listen only to my Lord, who gave Himself rather than exalting Himself. We live in a culture that urges us to pamper ourselves, put ourselves first, love ourselves . . . but Jesus gave Himself, and He is our Pattern for life. I'm not suggesting we should ignore our own needs; rather, I'm suggesting we screen all our actions through the Scripture and seek to become more like our Savior!