Upside Down Living

Steven Laman

READ : Mark 9:33-37

[Jesus said], “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 NIV)

“Why did I agree to go on this roller coaster,” I thought as we made our way to the front of the line for “California Screamin’” in Disney’s California Adventure Park. I knew at one point this ride looped completely upside down. My heart was pounding! As we blasted off and raced toward the circle, I couldn’t look. Within minutes, though, the ride was over and I was safe!

Many people feel that living Jesus’ upside down way is a wild and crazy ride. To them, his command to love our enemies sounds nuts. His teaching that “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all” (9:35) seems backwards. However, if we try living this way we will not only be obeying Jesus, we will also discover that our relationships will improve. We will be treating others like God treats us.

Relating to others in a God glorifying way might sound scary and crazy, but we will never regret it. The more we practice it, the less it will seem like upside down living. We’ll come to realize it’s the only good way to live.


Lord, help us to glorify you in our relationships.