John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (NIV)
During a regular trip to the grocery store, an opportunity came my way. A test of faith approached to see if I walked in truth — and not just read truth in my Bible. As I pushed the cart back to the return corral, my eyes locked with a homeless person. She walked towards me asking for a little help.
“Yeah, I got this,” I thought. Reaching into my bag, I whipped out a one. As I gave it to her, she thanked me profusely.
As I proceeded to return my cart, I could hear her approaching the next person.
“Sure,” I thought. “It was only a dollar. What lasting change can that really bring.”
The Holy Spirit prodded me to ask her if she knew the Lord. He’s been increasing my boldness in speaking with the homeless. Realizing in my own life, hard times bring a gift of desperation and a softened heart towards hearing the hope of Jesus.
“Do you know the Lord?” I enquired.
“Oh yes, mam”
“Do you read the Bible”
“My husband and I have read the whole Bible from front to back”
“Do you have one that you read every day?”
“No actually, we lost it with the last house we had”
“Oh man,” I said sincerely. “If I had one with me, I’d surely give it to you.”
At that moment, the Spirit reminded me, “You DO have your Bible in the car”.
“Oh noooo, Lord, not MY Bible, the one with all my notes and scribbles in it!” My thoughts protested.
So, I left the conversation at that… not willing to give up my own Bible.
Today’s verse demands us to love so genuinely, that we follow Jesus to lay down our lives for others.
The Lord taught me in that moment, it wasn’t currently true of me.
Is it true for you?
Do we harbor reservations? I did not give up my Bible, for His purpose. Sure, I read God’s word every day… but do I DO what it says?
Jesus gave much more than physical possessions. We know He gave His life, so we may live. (1 John 4:9) Our Savior did not even count long life, this side of heaven, as valuable. (Isaiah 53:8) His motivation was seeking and saving the lost. (Luke 19:10) We are His treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6) Let His love compel us, to give all to His mission! (2 Corinthians 5:14)
Dear LORD, as we spend time with You every day, in Your Word and in prayer, let us live ready to give all for Your purpose. Let us have no reservations, for the sake of Your Name. From You, through You and for You, are all things. Most importantly, You gave Yourself on the cross, so we could live. Remind us, it is no longer us who live, but You in us. Enable us to set our desires behind Your will. ~Amen.