As human beings, we are naturally moved whenever we hear stories of heroism, selflessness and sacrifice. At the end of every year, Time magazine will have its “Person of the Year”. It is usually someone who made a difference in others’ lives by doing something extraordinary that made an impact to the world. We all have common appreciation of self-sacrifice and we aspire, one way or another, to emulate them in our own lives. We would like to think of ourselves as rising to the occasion when a great crisis arises especially if it will be for our friends, for people who are important to us.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13 (NKJV)
Jesus gave us the best example of sacrifice when He died on the cross for us– sinners yet considered friends. He did the ultimate sacrifice not out of heroic or selfless reasons but merely out of love. Jesus, who is the embodiment of love itself, humbled Himself to become a human like us to be the ransom for our sins.
You see, He is God and He can accomplish things by just saying the words. But instead of going the easy route, He chose to give His best for us- HIS LIFE AT THE CROSS. Talk about walking the talk! Though we didn’t deserve it, he didn’t withhold His best from us to show us how much He loves us.
The thought of the heaven’s best dying for me just to save me caused me to ponder. “What have I given in return”? “Have I given my best or am I still holding back something from the Lord”?
As the new year is upon us, let’s examine ourselves and the life we have lived so far. May the Lord forbid that we will realize that we are actually just living our lives in mediocrity and in essence we are putting less worth to what Jesus did for us. When we are blessed, do we also become a blessing? When we shine, is it to point others to Jesus or just for self-indulgence? When we wake up in the morning, do we intend and pray to be a better person or we don’t care anymore? As I see it, He actually deserves our best, too. I honestly believe that we have that best in us. The question though is, “are we willing to give it”?