Sacrificial Love

“For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8

I enjoy the thought process that Paul is taking us through when he describes those who would give up their lives. With five kids, it’s easy for me to say I’d give up my life to save theirs.  What about giving up my life for other family members? It seems to get harder the further I take that line of thinking out. How would I feel giving my life up for a total stranger? How would I feel giving my life up for someone who was my enemy? The demonstration that God gives is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. It wouldn’t shock us to hear of a parent giving up his/her life to save a child, but I hope we’d pause and truly consider the sacrifice that was given as Christ died for those who were a mess. That’s highly unusual for someone to do, but that is how much God loves you and what great lengths He went to in demonstrating that love.

This weekend we take time to remember those men and women who did the unusual and gave up their lives for our country. When the enemy challenged our way of life, they accepted the call to do something about it. “Thank You” seems like such a small sentiment considering what they gave. We can worship freely today alongside our friends and family because of their great sacrifice. As we take time to honor them, we are also reminded of those who are still living in darkness, and there is still a call for us to go and do something about it. What great love has been demonstrated to us. Therefore, GO and make disciples (Matthew 28:19).

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