During this Memorial Day weekend, I want us to look back to the greatest human sacrifice of all time. The death of Jesus Christ and what it means to you and me. His death is represented in the Bible as a sacrifice of immense proportions. Because our Lord was willing to sacrifice His life for us, we are free to worship Him, love Him, abide in Him, ask of Him, seek Him and forever be in His kingdom.
What does one human life mean? In today's world, I sometimes have to admit; I'm not quite sure. But our Father knew that one life would save millions. We need to hold this dear as we face life's many challenges and temptations. This world is full of darkened paths and creepy corners. Our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted by satan and knew that we would be tempted with glory, power, money, pride and all the other deadly sins.
We are human and therefore, not always wise in the ways of the world. We seek our self-esteem from others and believe what they say above what Jesus said. I fall into the trap myself. Being in sales, you want people to like you. But I learned along time ago, that if I compromised myself for a sale, I would lose myself and so I try to pray about my behavior and my need to succeed. Only God can bring my success now, I no longer depend on myself, because to do so, would mean that I have forgotten about God and my greatest desire is to give Him all the glory.
There will always be pitfalls in our journey through Christianity. We must lift ourselves up and pray that God will guide us through the maze of life. His guiding light is the Holy Spirit and the Bible. We must intrench ourselves in the word so that we remain steadfast when faced with difficult situations. And we must remember what Jesus did for us. He gave His life and in return, we are saved.
Psalm 51:12 NIV84:
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Ephesians 5:2-10 NIV84:
and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.
If we do nothing else this week, let's have at the forefront of our minds the sacrifice Jesus gave to all of us. Without Him, we would live with darkness and light would be lost forever. For those of you that don't live in the US, we love you and know that many have sacrificed for your freedom too. And of course, God gave His life for people in every nation. For this, we are all blessed, in one accord, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
My prayer today:
I find myself reflecting on Your great sacrifice this week. Anyone that has lost a loved one, hopes they will see them again. And as I reflect on these passages and through my journey with You, I can't wait to see You. I know that I have work to be done here but in all things; I wish I could bow at Your feet and thank you for the wonderful life you have given all of us. You came to die for our sins and we thank you, by being disobedient, angry, fearful, and full of doubt. You knew we would be that way and even though we don't deserve You; You gave Your life anyway. We owe You so much Lord and we ask that we would become Your light in a world full of darkness. Continue to mold us and make us Yours and forgive us for our sins. We needed You, long before we knew You. Thank you for making us Your children and giving us the tools to follow You all of our days. We are Yours! In Jesus Name, AMEN