Jesus died on the cross for you and me. What does that mean to you? Really stop and think about that. Let it sink in. I had the chance to do that recently when I was sitting in meditation with the Holy Spirit.
Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for someone He loved. I heard this question.
“What are you willing to sacrifice for those you love?”
I began to think how small my little sacrifices really are. But little though they may be, in the light of what Christ did for us, the Father still takes delight in them. Both parties are blessed, although sometimes I think I am blessed more than those I am helping.
The sacrifices He asks of us may get bigger as we grow in our faith. But our love for others will overshadow the sacrifice if we have Jesus in our hearts. He will ask more of us, but we will be equipped to handle it and be blessed through it.
This message is humbling, and I don’t take it lightly. It helped me put my existence into perspective. We may think the things we are doing are big sacrifices but compared to Christ they are minute. God knows our hearts and our motives. If we do even the small things in love, they will be honored.
“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” ( I Peter 1:18-19, ESV).