1 John 3:16
This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, THE MESSAGE
Can anyone really understand sacrificial love? I truly believe that God gives us opportunities to experience it every day and that we are presented us with situations in which we need to make a consciences decision to live sacrificially. It is what we do with these opportunities that reveal the reality of a relationship with the living God.
Daily sacrificial love requires a relationship with God to give it sustaining energy. Anyone can do a random act of kindness or have an occasional unselfish thought. We are born self centered creatures so it becomes responding actively to others with God’s strength and grace on a daily basis that breaks that bondage in our lives.
Over the past eight years I have been a care-giver to my Mom who is presently 88 years old. In the past year she has suffered a stroke and several heart attacks and is presently in our home on Hospice. I am her fulltime caregiver which has given me a deep gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful people who do what I am doing for people that are not their family members. Care giving becomes a daily opportunity for sacrifice in my life.It means that no matter how tired I am or how much I want to do something it takes a back seat to the needs of my Mom. Really a staggering concept! I have to think about someone else more than myself!
1 John 3:16 lets us know that this very thing was done for us to reveal the genuine quality of love Christ has for us. This love would be an abstract thought to us if we had only heard about it, but something sacrificial was done to make it a tangible reality to us. Christ sacrificed His life for me. Why would I ever think that to give my life fully to Him and to chose each day to be like Jesus would involve anything other than opportunities to sacrificially serve others? The two are inseparable. To truly live a life of love like Jesus I must learn every day how to sacrifice my needs and reveal the love of Christ to those that Jesus loves so much. He revealed that love to me and now I have the opportunity with His help to reveal it to others.
May God give me His grace this day to seize all the opportunities to live like Jesus and reveal God’s incredible love to those He puts in my path.