"He loved David more than his own soul!" (20:17)
Paul tells us he would give up his own soul, if it meant that the lost would be saved.
That. is. LOVE.
When I think about giving up my own soul for another, there are names which come up immediately. They are names of those whom I am in love with. They are not strangers, but a part of my life and my heart. Two of them are partly made up of my genes.
Without a doubt, without hesitation - I would give up my own soul for all of them.
Thankfully, I know their souls already belong to our Abba.
Jonathan loved David as I do these ones I instantly think of. He was at a Y in the road and had to make a decision of whom to follow - his father or his brother, David. Although David wasn't his blood brother, he was his brother in God. Jonathan, took the road to walk with David towards our Abba. He chose the road causing him to leave his earthly father, King Saul. In doing so, it also meant he was giving up being the heir to the throne.
He did this for someone he loved and who loved him back.
Paul was offering his own soul for the lost. Those who didn't know him, nor he them. Total strangers. He was so in love with our Abba, he wanted others to experience this true, Holy, and life changing gift. The same gift that Jonathan chose.
Jesus. Our precious Savior.
He gave up His life for me. for you. for us. for those who nailed Him onto The Cross. for those who spit in His face. for those who walked/walk away from Him. for those who are vessels for satan.
for those who are lost.
I am ashamed knowing I would hesitate. I am thankful He is transforming my heart so I am seeing others through His eyes. I am blessed He is enabling me to love the unlovely. To have sorrow and pray for them in love.
But still, I would hesitate to give up my own soul for them.
We are to strive to be Christlike - and I am striving. I acknowledge my weaknesses and am turning them over to Him.
But still. I am selfish.
I am so in love with our ABBA. Our DADDY. I so love being with Him. I so, so love being His. After being one of the lost, living in the world of sin, I can not express how much I love being of His world. I am so thankful to be walking in His light, instead of the darkness anymore. I so love being in the palm of His hand, crawling up into His lap at anytime, sharing life with Him. Living for Him.
I continually pray He continues to grow our hearts so we may truly LOVE as He does.
To LOVE all others, more than our own soul.
I continually pray He takes from us the selfishness of our being His, so we may want others to be His even more. For our eyes to be open and sense the urgency when seeing those who are not His. Those who are lost. For we are all made in His image. And we are all Truly, Madly, Deeply LOVED by our ABBA.