Have you been outside this morning? It is an absolutely amazing and beautiful day here in the upstate! The sun is shining an comforting warmness! The breeze is blowing a gentle coolness! The birds are singing and if you open you eyes and look around, you will notice that everything is beginning to come back to life! I love this time of year, because you see Resurrection all around you!
Go outside today and enjoy some of the Resurrection reminders that God has placed all around you! And don’t forget to set you clock forward tonight. We are going to have a great day at church tomorrow and I can almost guarantee that there will be no snow this Sunday! So the only thing to keep you from being here is the devil and I know that you want let Him win!
Do you like surprises? I love surprises! Well – let me rephrase that: I like good surprises! And as I was going through my mail this morning, I got one of those good surprises! No – it was not “Publishers Clearing House”! It was a small package from one of my church members. When I opened it, I found a little book for pastors. And inside of the book was a hand written note that expressed encouragement, appreciation and love! IT MADE MY DAY!
I think one of the reasons that this was such a special blessing to me was because of the sacrifice that I know that this person had to make! First, they sacrificed their time to think about me and then go through the motions of buying, packaging and mailing their special gift. Second, they sacrificed themselves by not just thinking about doing a nice thing, but actually doing it! Third, they sacrificed their resources to buy and mail this gift! They were not content with just saying “I love and appreciate you!” they wanted to show it in a real and tangible way!
I could not help but to stop and think about the love of Jesus for you and me! It was a sacrificial love! Real love is a sacrificial love! Real love is willing to sacrifice for the one that the love is being expressed toward! Think about your love for Jesus – how can you sacrifice for Him today? Jesus said: By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another. (John 13:35) Think about the people that you love – what kinds of sacrifices can you make for them this week that will express your love in a real way? Now, don’t just think about it – DO IT!