Have you ever given your time to something, or for something that you believed in? Perhaps you volunteered to serve at a soup kitchen or for a political candidate? Or maybe something that you care about and felt excited to be a part of?
Have you ever given your time for something that you didn’t want to do? Helping a friend move, or doing street cleanup, or something a little more difficult?
Have you ever given of yourself until it hurts? Would you give your life?
Today while doing my study and reading Galatians 1 my attention was drawn to that one little word. Gave.
Ever since I was a little girl I have known that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. Of course, as a child there was no way I could even begin to understand what that meant in a physical way, let alone what it means for my spiritual life. A lot of years have passed, and I still find myself unable to fully grasp the weight of what Jesus did for us when he died on that cross.
Galatians 1:3-5 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
He gave his life, he suffered unspeakable pain, and he gave his life, so I can be saved from an eternity of suffering.
This got me thinking on a much smaller scale. Would I give my car in order to rescue someone? Would I give my entire bank account? My home? I would share for sure, but would I make a true sacrifice and give?
Christ gave his life – take a moment and reflect on the depth of love this choice shows. Jesus died and rose again and is in heaven where he sits at his Father’s right hand, arms open wide welcoming every sinner to accept the gift He gave and come into the family of God.
Websters defines give as – to yield possession of by way of exchange
Jesus yielded His life by way of exchange for our lives, to save us from eternal death.