May 22, 2015 in Church News
On Monday, our nation will celebrate the holiday of Memorial Day. This is the day our country sets aside to honor all of her fallen heroes who have died while serving in her armed forces. These are men and women whose love of country and sense of duty led them to give all, even their lives, in what Abraham Lincoln once called “the last full measure of devotion.” Their devotion and service serves as an inspiration to all of our nation’s citizens.
As Christians, it might be good for us to take some time to reflect on whether or not we possess a similar kind of devotion to an even greater cause than love of country–the greatest cause of all: love of our Lord and love for the lost. Are we willing to suffer all as we serve in the Lord’s army and battle the forces of this dark world which fight against the truth every day?
In the confirmation rite we use in our church, we ask our members to promise that they will suffer all, even death, before they will forsake the faith. Yet, do we sometimes show a level of passion for the Lord that is far below that promise? Are we sometimes not willing to suffer even the slightest inconvenience or uncomfortable moment in the Lord’s service?
If we ever sense our devotion to the Lord starting to wane, it might be good for us to remember our Savior’s devotion showed on our behalf. Jesus was willing to give all, even the last full measure of devotion on the cross, so that we might be forgiven and live as his dear children. It is his tremendous sacrifice that motivates us and causes to say each day “For me to live is Christ and die is gain.”
May our lives be lives dedicated to Christ and may our passion for the Lord never be extinguished until we ourselves give the last full measure of devotion in his service.