“Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?” Romans 8:32
My parents sacrificed a lot in life to take care of me and provide for me as I was growing up. My problem was that I did not fully appreciate it until I was grown up. I am not sure that I even understood the depth of love that real sacrifice requires until I became an adult.
One of Webster’s definitions of sacrifice is the “destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else”. My parents surrendered a lot of their wants and aspirations to provide for me. All because of the unconditional love that they had for me.
My parent’s sacrifices were great but nothing compared to what God has provided for us. Romans 8:32 above so powerfully tells us what real sacrifice looks like. God “did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all.” God sacrificed what was most precious to Him for you and me.
He did that to not only pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life but also so that we might have “life and have it more abundantly” as John 10:10 describes. I love also the last phrase of Romans 8:32 which says, “won’t He also give us everything else?”
He stands ready to give us joy, peace, love, and all things that pertain to life. He sacrificed His Son so He could do those things for us. This is what real sacrifice looks like. God is “All In” for us! Stop and think about the idea that the great God of this universe gave it all for you and me!
Maybe today you are discouraged and beaten down. Allow the truth of Romans 8:32 to touch your heart and remind you that you are a child of the King and He wants to give you the help you need today to live the life He has planned for you.
As we are reminded of the great truth from Romans 8:32, I pray we will also be challenged because of our love for God to be “All In” for Him. Christianity has shrunk in its influence in recent years according to research. I believe mainly because our commitment and sacrifice as Christians to God has waned.
If those of us who claim the name of Christ would consistently live “All In” for God, then I believe we could shake this world for Christ in ways we would never imagine!
My heart’s desire is that we as individuals and the community of Metrolina would commit ourselves to loving and living for God. What we would gain in this world and the next would be far greater than any sacrifice we could give!