How would you feel giving up something very precious for someone who couldn’t care less? That’s exactly what happened to the parents of a West Point graduate who had been killed in the line of duty. In an enemy attack, their son and a group of soldiers came under fire. One of the men was wounded and could not continue fighting. The West Pointer went back to rescue the man and bring him to safety; but as he returned to his post, he was hit by enemy gunfire. He died there on the battlefield.
The fallen soldier’s parents were heartbroken over the loss of their son. After the war had ended, they invited the young man whom he had rescued to their house. A loud and proud man came to their door and identified himself as the soldier who had been rescued. After a few hours of off-color jokes and foul language, the soldier got up and left. The fallen soldier’s mother said, “I can’t believe our son would die for a man like that.”
Imagine how God must feel when Christians show they don’t care about the sacrifice His Son made for them. When His blood-bought children lie, cheat, and live in sin, it’s only by His grace that He doesn’t disown them.
And do you know why God doesn’t disown us when we sin? It’s because His love isn’t based on our performance after we get saved – if that was true, then none of us could ever stay saved. God’s love and grace is completely undeserved. Before we were even born, He knew every sin we would ever commit . . . and He saved us anyway. That’s a lot of love.
I can’t believe God’s Son would die for people like us, but I’m grateful He did. With all that Jesus has done for us, I can’t believe anyone wouldn’t live for Someone like Him. If you realize how much He loves you, why not serve Him today?
Is it a small thing in your eyes to be loved by God – to be the son, the spouse, the love, the delight of the King of Glory? Christian, believe this, and think about it . . . that love which was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged, buffeted, spat upon, crucified, pierced . . . . That love will eternally embrace you. – Richard Baxter
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder