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, beaten and ridiculed 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 Jesus didn’t disobey God’s Will in Gethsemane to avoid unfathomable pain and suffering? He knew the future. He knew people would not accept him or even worse become apathetic. They would curse in his name, ignore his commands, laugh as others worshipped him and yet he still sacrificed his life for them as well.
What tremendous love it must have taken to go to the Cross!
Personally I believe while Christ suffered, my face along with the billions of faces for whom He became an offering for, came into view. As He was suffering, He focused all his attention, mental powers and love on that future victorious day when Ellie, Martha, John, Bob (or whomever) accepted Him as their personal Savior. “Come onto me . . .” and it was worth the cost. Praise God for that!
Now the question is, how do we show appreciation for His incredibly loving sacrifice? What would you sacrifice for love? 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 godly 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 more 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.
But God remains by our side, even during our most stressful situations.
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 memory chains” bind us mentally or emotionally to the past. Break free from bondage and live an abundant life in Christ! I urge you to personally accept Jesus’s incredible Valentine gift: Freedom in Christ .