I was feeling a little out of touch with the Big Man, so I threw up a prayer.. “God, please remind me of your great love for me and us all.” Well, just a few moments later my thoughts started drifting..
I thought about a situation where someone had a bad heart and was going to die without a heart transplant. I had to ask myself.. if someone I loved needed a heart, would I give them mine? I would surely give my child my heart, my life, right? I would surely give my life for my family or close friends, right?
What a tough situation. I was dwelling on it and really thinking, would I give my life for a loved one?
I think so. I hope so. I pray that if I ever am in that situation, I would have the strength, courage, and love to do that.
(Tangent paragraph alert!) It would be crazy, I would literally be giving away my life for another. For most atheists or agnostics that would probably be seen as a “waste.” They’d probably say that sure, do what you want, but you don’t have an obligation to be hero or anything. The thing about Jesus and Christianity is that, like a good parent or friend, Jesus challenges us to be the best that we can possibly be, no matter what the sacrifice might be. The ultimate good isn’t pleasure or personal gain but true love.
But what about a situation where I was in the position to offer my heart for someone that I had never known, or even to someone who was mean to me? Would I do it then? Would you do it then?
All of a sudden it clicked. I realized the connection: Jesus is like our “heart donor.” Jesus Christ, God, gave His life for us while we were sinners. While we had wronged Him. While we had turned from Him. Despite all of this, His love for us prevailed.
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” -Rom 5:8
I don’t know if I would be strong enough to give my life for someone who hurt me in the same way that we all hurt Jesus. But He did it anyways. Talk about love. Talk about courage. Talk about strength. Now that’s a hero.
Imagine that you were the recipient of someone you don’t know’s heart. They gave their life for you. Wouldn’t you live life with purpose?! Wouldn’t you want to honor your hero and savior in everything that you do?! Wouldn’t you want to find out more about him or her?!
This all was going through my head, the Spirit sure was working. And wow, to think that I wouldn’t have the life that I have without that perfect sacrifice. To think that I owe everything that I am to Christ. That’s motivation. Jesus is our “heart donor,” the one who gave His life so that we could live.
“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” -John 10:11