THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
1 John 3:16 (NLT2)
MY LOVE WILL START TO COST ME SOMETHING
When Adoniram Judson graduated from college and seminary he received a call from a fashionable church in Boston to become its assistant pastor. Everyone congratulated him. His mother and sister rejoiced that he could live at home with them and do his life work, but Judson shook his head. “My work is not here,” he said. “God is calling me beyond the seas. To stay here, even to serve God in His ministry, I feel would be only partial obedience, and I could not be happy in that.” Although it cost him a great struggle, he left mother and sister to follow the heavenly call. Judson’s churches in Burma have had fifty thousand converts, and the influence of his consecrated life is felt around the world. (Source: The Dynamics of Spiritual Gifts, William J. McRae)
Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for us by sacrificing His life because He loved us. 1 John 3 teaches that God also wants us to be willing to make sacrifices out of love for others. Jesus taught in Luke 9:23-24, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
Can you think of a sacrifice you’ve made recently out of love for someone? Is there something you believe God is asking you to do but you’re afraid of the sacrifice? Ask God to give you a willing heart.
Praise Jesus for showing us what real love was on the cross. Thank Him for loving you unconditionally and sacrificially.