Have you ever felt the tension of knowing what you should do, but not really wanting to do it?
For many of us, this is a constant battle. So, how in the world do we get from knowing to doing?
The answer rests in our motivation. The drive that determines what we do, when we do it and who gets the credit. This kind of motivation is more than a feeling.
We will make massive sacrifices when confronted with what’s really at stake, especially when it comes to the people we love.
For example, someone you love gets sick, someone dies, the loss of a job, the break up of a relationship… These disruptions have a way of motivating us to see things through a different lens and be willing to sacrifice whatever we can to help those who are hurting.
The two prisoners on the cross at calvary were confronted with a shocking reality, and one made a decision that changed his eternity. He saw a man who was sacrificing his life for the sins of the world, and yet was on that cross sinless. It was so scandalous yet so personal, and it demanded a response.
It is only when we come to realize that we are the motivation and reason behind a love that is so fierce, compassionate and full of mercy, then can we truly begin living a life of sacrifice for others. Not only when times get tough but everyday we become aware of how we can sacrifice the things we want to meet a need for those around us.
The challenge this week is to focus on the sacrifice of the cross. Look at it from all angles; the foot of the cross, the side of the cross where one prisoner asked Jesus to remember him and from the other side where the other prisoner refused to have anything to do with Jesus.
This week may we be encouraged to enter into this mystery, and be open to how God wants to reveal to us his fierce and passionate love.
Verse of the week:
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”