This month I read this devotional that I wrote after much prayer at my home school groups annual tea. I’d like to share it with all of you.
In the complete Jewish version of the Bible, Romans 5:6-9 says, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time, the Messiah died on behalf of ungodly people. Now it is a rare event when someone gives up his life even for the sake of somebody righteous, although possibly for a truly good person one might have the courage to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners. Therefore, since we have now come to be considered righteous by means of his bloody sacrificial death, how much more will we be delivered through him from the anger of God’s judgment!”
God and Jesus proved Their love for us through a sacrifice, Christ’s death, on the cross.
We make sacrifices daily for our children. Often, we don’t see it as sacrifice but as just our life. We sacrifice showers, going to the restroom alone, a full night’s sleep, having a snack stash, personal reading time and more. We have chosen to homeschool our children, for probably as many reasons as there are women in this room (or readers of this post). We have chosen to teach them about God, love, self-control, self-sacrifice and so many other things. While these sacrifices do not compare to that of our Lord and Savior, they are still sacrifices.
Tonight, you are here for some time to refresh and renew. Some of you are nearing the end of your school year and others are looking forward to summer schooling. Tonight, I want to encourage you that in all your sacrificing there is a reward not only for you but for your families as well. Through your actions, you are teaching them about true love. You are teaching them to put others first. You are teaching them that they are loved.
In all you do for your family, I want to remind you that not spending time with God is not a sacrifice. Believe me, I know life can be crazy busy and there are times when sitting down for a time of Bible study and prayer just doesn’t seem possible. In those times, may I suggest that you look to it as a time of refreshing and renewal on a daily basis? Read and meditate on (think about, ponder) one verse throughout the day or week and talk with God all day, listening for Him to respond and watching for what He has to show you.
We cannot fully learn to love sacrificially if we are not in communication with the one who truly loves each and every one of us with a sacrificial love we may never understand.
One last thought, people talk about self-sacrifice and true love not being for selfish reasons. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.” Sacrifice and true love are not about selfish gain. I do the things I do because I want my family to be cared for and know I love them. Jesus died for us because He wanted us to know His love and to be able to go to Heaven and live with Him for eternity. Maybe, just maybe, even our selfless acts do have a bit of selfishness to them…