FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (NIV)
CHASING GREATNESS: GIVE IT AWAY
There once was a rice farmer who saved an entire village from destruction. From his hilltop farm he felt the earthquake and saw the distant ocean swiftly withdraw from the shoreline. He knew that a tsunami tidal wave was coming. In the valley below, he saw his neighbors working low fields that would soon be flooded. They must run quickly to his hilltop or they would all die. His rice barns were dry as tinder. So, with a torch he set fire to his barns and soon the fire gong started ringing. His neighbors saw the smoke and rushed to help him. Then from their safe perch they saw the tidal wave wash over the fields they had just left.
In a flash they knew not only who had saved them but what their salvation had cost their benefactor. They later erected a monument to his memory bearing the motto, “He gave us all he had, and gave gladly.” This poor farmer finished first in the eyes of his community, but it cost him everything he had.
Mark 10:45 reminds us, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Ransom could be something that was paid for the release of someone or something. Jesus gave His life as a ransom for our salvation. He gave everything He had in His earthly body.
1 John 3:16 challenges us to follow Jesus’ example when it says, “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” There’s no one like Jesus. And there are not many people in our world like that farmer. He willingly sacrificed himself that others might succeed. Most people do everything they can to better themselves and think nothing of the people they step on behind as they climb to the top of the heap. The driving force should be love. What can you give away today in love?