1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is, Jesus laid down His life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
Following Jesus leads to a life of sacrificial love.
The apostle Paul said that he was pouring his life out as a drink offering for God and others. The cross and the sacrament of communion remind us that the kind of love God offers is a sacrificial kind of love – a sacrificial love that’s purpose is to redeem (set us free) and reconcile us to God. Love requires sacrifice.
In this verse, John gives us the very definition of love – it is a love that lays down one’s life, as Jesus did. In Ephesians, Paul writes that we are to be imitators of God as His dearly loved children, to walk in love as Jesus did, who laid down His life as a sacrifice for our sins.
God’s love is not just a feeling love, it is sacrificial. That’s why a consumer Gospel with a primary focus on what we get from God is incomplete and may miss the point altogether. We are called to go and love. We are called to pour out our lives.
How do you demonstrate sacrificial love toward God and others? When has God called you to sacrifice in order to reach others for Him? What is the greatest sacrifice you’ve ever made in your service to God?
Dear Father: Thank you for your sacrificial love for me. Thank you for the cross and what Jesus did in my behalf so that I can walk with you and know you. May my life be a living sacrifice for you. Show me how you want me to sacrifice for others. Amen.
Submitted by: Pastor Steve Gahagen