The Greatest Love
It is that time of the year again, when you start hearing Christmas carols and jingles being played in shopping centers and see giant placards being erected that display items that are on sale. Having gone through so many years of celebrating Christmas, I never get tired of it. This is because Christmas to me, is not just another public holiday or another opportunity to give and receive presents but more importantly, it is a time where I can reflect on how good God has been to me, and my family. And it always serves as an ever so timely reminder about the importance of loving those around me.
Although I have never gone through a year where everything just went wrong from start to end, if any of you feel like that’s the circumstance you are faced with, then I can tell you now that there is at least one very awesome thing to thank God for. That’s the fact that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to pay the price for all our wrongdoings so that we may be washed clean by the power of His blood and made righteous in Him.
During Jesus’ time on earth, He once said that “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45). As a Man, Jesus faced the same physical limitations that we experience right now. Hunger, thirst, fatigue, pain – He could feel all of it, even the temptations of the devil were included as well. However, despite all of that, even though He came in the form of a man, He set the perfect example of what it means to be blameless and to have a heart of compassion and love for those who are broken and lost and for the righteous as well. Though He was cursed, beaten up and humiliated at the Cross, instead of resorting to cursing and condemning, He asked God to forgive the people because they didn’t know what they were doing. How amazing is His love for us, that though we were still sinners and unaware of the judgment that was meant for us, God sent His only Son to redeem us so that we needn’t have to live in insecurity and insufficiency any longer!
When Jesus was on earth, He also taught that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; the second, is to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Mark 12:30 & 31). Notice that the two greatest commandments of all time are all about love. As Christians, we know that we were made to serve God’s purpose, and that is to plunder hell and to populate heaven. So how do we achieve all of that? Always remember that because of the price that our Savior has paid, we are empowered and strengthened through Him to show the God kind of love to all who are around us.
We were not made to be jars that are solely responsible for receiving and receiving only. When God showers His love on us, we fill ourselves up so that we can love others. That in itself is giving back to God. Therefore, make an effort to display God’s love today, share the Gospel with someone who has not heard of Christ yet so that he or she can receive the greatest love, that is God’s love. It may not be very comfortable at first, but it is my belief (as should be yours) that as you learn to step up and step out, God will cause all things to work out for good for you.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You sent Your Son to pay for our debts though we were undeserving. I thank You that Jesus has shown what it truly means to ‘love others as yourself’ and it is my prayer, Father, that even as I make an effort to venture out of my comfort zone, You use me as Your mouthpiece to speak the Gospel to the unbelieving and declare Your Name in wherever that I have been placed. Mold me into a God loving and God fearing Christian that fixes my eyes on You and seeks to please You alone. Thank You, that I belong to You now and it is my responsibility and privilege to be the salt and light of this world. Continue to strengthen and empower me so that I may be a doer of Your Word and a testimony for Your Name’s sake. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.