On our wedding day, the clear June skies of the daytime turned to the typical evening summer pop-up storm. After our seven O’clock ceremony was over and vows had been exchanged, we were to proceed to the fellowship hall, which was in another building connected to the church sanctuary by a sidewalk with a slight covering. The South Carolina winds had blown the rain steadily and forcefully, and the sidewalk had become a bit of a river. My brand new husband saw the situation and realized that my wedding gown was in danger of disaster. Without skipping a beat, he swooped me up in his arms and carried me safely to the dry floor of the fellowship hall! A romanticist at heart would look at that scenario and say, “Now that’s sacrifice!” They wouldn’t be far from the truth, but I believe sacrifice has a little more at risk.
Take a look at the woman in Luke 7:36-50, she came to pour out ointment on Jesus’ feet, spite the risk of the fears we mentioned earlier. As she began to pour out the ointment, she began to weep, realizing the huge debt of her sin, and that this Man had forgiven her – of. it. all.
She had a dark past, full of stories and men, and ruined lives, I’m sure, but it was GONE. Her tears thundered at His feet in gratitude, and her hair became the towel in which they were dried.
This story reminds us of a couple huge truths:
- Any sin is debt and we’re all sinners. We are all guilty before a holy God. We owe a debt we cannot pay, so Jesus stepped in and paid for it ALL with His blood.
- There is no sin too great for God to forgive. None. Every sin is covered, even those committed over and over.
- We now owe a debt of gratitude to our Savior. With our sins covered, that debt is cleared, but how will we show our gratefulness? With sacrifice.
“One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving”
― Amy Carmichael
Jesus tells the Pharisee that she, who had been forgiven much, loves much. We see that by her demonstration at Jesus’ feet.
How much do you and I really love Jesus? Are we willing to give even when it will cost us? Oh, we may be happy to serve when it’s convenient, or easy or something we love to do, but what if it gets us out of our comfort zone? What if it’s dirty? What if it’s risky? Are we willing to pour it all out? That is the true demonstration of how much we love.
As we consider all that Christ has covered for each of us, may we be willing to give and serve Him in a way that is sacrificial because we love Him SO MUCH.
How are you regularly demonstrating sacrificial love for Christ? How do others know that you love Him so much?