Saturday, November 01, 2014

"Choices" - 11/01/14 - Matthew 20-21

"That is what The Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served - and then to give away His life in exchange for the many who are held hostage."(20:28)
No greater love.
Can you imagine to love so deeply you are willing to give your life up to save another? 
I once heard an account of a mother in a concentration camp who was forced to choose between her two children, a boy and his younger sister, which one would live.  She selected her little girl to go into the gas chambers, feeling her son had a better chance to survive.  Feeling her little girl would be subjected to far worse treatment than he.  She felt her decision was the lesser of two evils.
There have been times I have wondered which son I would have chosen.  Thankfully, I have never been placed in that spot, but many young parents have been throughout the ages of time.  I have known, without hesitation or doubt, if the choice was myself or them to die, it would be me.  There is a love for my sons, and now daughter-in-law, that is so strong, I would willingly lay down my life if it meant saving theirs.
I know, without hesitation or doubt, if the choice was myself or someone I don't know, who treats me in contempt, who lives only for evil, I would choose them.  How this choice breaks my ABBA's heart.  Slowly, but surely -  He is transforming my heart to love as He loves. 
Can you even imagine being able to love this way.  To be so full of Him, we are able to love as He loves?  Can you imagine what this world would be like?  To love our "neighbor" more than ourselves? 
Our Savior - He did this for each one of us. 
Even those who made the choice not to love Him in return.

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