“What is love?”
We asked the students during Wednesday morning chapel. They answered compassion, affection, protection… One young elementary student answered “living Jesus.” Such an amazing answer to start the morning.
Are you living Jesus?
There is always one word that goes hand-in-hand with Love. That word is Sacrifice. Tell me about anyone who loves you and I’ll show you their sacrifice. Tell me about someone/something you love and I’ll show you your sacrifice.
Luke Chapter 18:
Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’”
The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.
When Jesus saw this, he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”
He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”
Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God,will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”
The thing most important to the rich man, he still had not nor was willing to sacrifice. If you really love someone, how much are you willing to give? As adults, one of the hardest things to give up is pride. As children, obedience. How you act reflects on your family, both blood and spiritual. To the children, we told them, if you really love your parents, to respect your classmates. What we do and how we act, often will affect and reflect the ones we love the most.