😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. In America today we celebrate Veterans Day. We honor all our military veterans and active military members who are still serving our nation today. One day a year, attention is directed to those that have voluntarily and involuntarily stepped to the frontlines for you. Yes you. They may have never known your name, but still they have put their life on the line, ready to go at a moment’s notice to protect you and the freedoms we soooooo often take for granted.
In John 15:12-13 Jesus first tells us “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.” Jesus then followed up His words with action by literally being beat, whipped, spat upon, pierced, hung on a cross, died and stabbed with a sword. Jesus also tells us in John 6:37-38 “Everything that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and anyone who comes to Me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” And in Luke 22:42 we hear Jesus praying and asking His Father, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not My will but Yours be done.”
It all comes down to and starts with love. We are created by and made for love. Unconditional love. Jesus didn’t want to go through all the pain and torture of our sins. He even asked His Father if He could skip the whole death on a cross thing. Seriously, who would want to do that. But He loves YOU too much to want to see you being tortured and hanging on a cross.
Without you realizing it, there are people in your life (some that you don’t even know) that step to the front lines everyday sacrificing their time, money, prayers for you, without the intention of recognition. They do it for love of you and love of the Lord. God will never leave you. He stands always at your side, loving you, guiding and protecting you.
Take a moment, especially today to thank God for being such a loving Friend who never leaves you and is so willing to fight for you. Also call, text, or write a letter to those in your life that you are particularly thankful for that willingly stand up and sacrifice their lives for you. Bless others and be blessed.
#MatthewWest – The God Who Stays