Have you ever sacrificed your own desires for someone because you loved them more than yourself? That certainly expressed true love, right? Well, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I would like to comment on the Greatest Act of Love ever accomplished for us; John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Have you ever wondered what went through Christ’s mind as He was scourged, spat on and beaten as a scapegoat for our sin?
Did our Lord ever question why He was doing this?
- Wonder why He was sacrificing His life for someone who tortured and murdered sweet children?
- The one who stole funds from that Christian charity for personal use?
- Or that serial rapist a judge let go, only to do it again?
True, but Christ died for all sinners, even those who simply lied, stole pencils from the office or whose golden idol was gluttony. Every one of us is guilty of sin before the Lord.
Aren’t you grateful that Christ didn’t give in to the discouragement He must have felt because countless sinners still spit on and reject Him daily? Or that He didn’t become angry and bitter due to our apathy toward sin? Or that Jesus didn’t disobey God’s Will in Gethsemane to avoid unfathomable pain and suffering?
What tremendous love it must have taken to go to the Cross!
Personally I believe Christ focused on the billions of faces to whom He became an offering for. As He was suffering, He focused all his attention, mental powers and love on that future victorious day when Ellie, Sandy, Pete, Bob (or whomever) accepted Him as their personal Savior. “Come onto me . . .”
He stayed focused knowing it was worth the sacrifice. Praise God for that!
Now the question is, how do we show appreciation for His incredibly loving sacrifice? Would you give up gluttony for Christ? Is something as miniscule as reducing unhealthy foods to become a stronger testimony worth His sacrifice? Silly question, right? But will you? Please don’t sell your testimony, as Essau did, for a mess of material pottage here on earth.
When life becomes difficult and we face our own challenges in the future, remain focused on what is really important in life: Eternity, not on the way we look but how we have honored our inner Temple of the Holy Spirit for God’s glory. Focus on becoming a New Creation for Christ based on 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Satan wants nothing less than to destroy God’s temple on earth, which are His believers. There are many enemies who hope to sideline you from that goal with temptations of drugs, alcohol, smoking and even food.
Isaiah 41: 10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Sometimes our “old man’s chains” bind us mentally or emotionally to the past. Break free from those mental chains and live an abundant life in Christ! I urge you to personally accept Christ’s incredible Valentine.