When it comes to God we are often like my boys – we always want more than we already have
Reference: v.37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. (NIV Bible)
Explore: My boys love cordial whereas I only ever drink water. If they have a choice of liquid they will always choose the sweetest option. That is, unless my drink bottle is involved!
It doesn’t matter what drink they have on offer, they will always ask to drink out of my drink bottle. It’s not even an extra special wizz-bang bottle, it’s just a drink flask that requires you to suck on the nozzle to get any liquid out.
To be honest, I would often get frustrated at the boys drinking from my bottle. I will always provide them with their own and yet it’s my bottle that they desire.
In the end I relent and give them my drink, acknowledging in my own mind that it’s a great way to get extra water into them anyway!
Application: When it comes to God, we are often like my boys – we always want more than we already have. We want more blessing, more answers to prayer, more understanding of what our future will hold, and that’s beside us wanting more money, more love and more things to go our way.
God knows what is best for us and He is incredibly generous in all that He gives us. We witness His generosity at no greater time than on Good Friday.
It is in this reminder, of how much God sacrificed for our benefit, that our offerings to others seem so small. I will happily go thirsty for half an hour so that my boys have the drink that they would like, but the love of our Heavenly Father far outweighs anything that I could do for my children.
At this time of Easter, let’s worship our awesome God for all that He has given us and may it inspire us to see no limit in our ability to give.
Prayer: Lord, Your sacrifice is greater than anything I could ever give. Thank You for giving me the greatest example of what I should do for others. Amen.
What does God’s sacrifice mean to you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.