Love and Sacrifice

The other day, my husband asked me to pick up his dry-cleaning on the way home. Jokingly, I said ‘well, what do I get’ ??

I think we all suffer from this occasional (ok, sometimes constant) selfishness. It seems natural to hope that any effort I put into anything will result in some sort of reward for myself. With this internalized mindset, it is hard to wrap my head around the idea of a God who wishes for us to sacrifice our time, energy, and worldly possessions to others without requesting anything in return. How do we, as sinful beings, accomplish this without feeling constantly aggrieved?

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:12-14

I think it helps me to remember that we are not doing our good works for men but for God, that he should be pleased. After all, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. What bigger sacrifice can there be? When he rose from the dead, did he turn to the disciples and say, “sooo…..what do I get”? I doubt it.

I’ll try to remember this the next time I’m asked to pick up the dry-cleaning. In fact, maybe instead of being asked to do something, I will simply offer to do it. When I consider all the sacrifices that my Lord has made for me, sacrificing for others in return does not seem like such a bad deal after all.   🙂

4 thoughts on “Love and Sacrifice

  1. Kate
    Excellent point, to be truly like Jesus, we should do things asked without expecting anything, not even a thank you – But alas, I fall short of this often. The great thing about falling short is knowing He loves me anyway and I try harder the next time. Welcome to the blog. God Loves You And So Do I Michele

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  2. Kate,
    Guilty here..visiting brother that got a new car and I asked his wife what was she getting-she just looked at me and smiled.. didn’t take it offensively..but too late realized the light within me was not shining..not acting like the Christian I want to be…she mentioned he offered her a new car but she was satisfied with the one she had. Thanks for the reminder and including scripture. This blog sight hits home…soo many times. God is awesome and so are you ladies and this blog sight.
    Prayer partner-Keep on praying
    Karen

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