I am selfish. I recently got back from a vacation that was intended to be in sunny Florida until my kids began to cry as we were just getting past the Hibbing city limits. I literally prayed and asked God for patience. He really didn’t answer my prayer in the way I would’ve liked. Instead, he gave me what seemed like fifty moments throughout the trip to learn how to practice patience. To be honest, these are the worst answers to prayer. The fifty moments included loading my kids in car seats, constantly cleaning dirty faces and sticky hands, and paying for expensive meals and that didn’t get finished. Oh and not to mention doing this without much sleep. Am I willing to be completely poured out like Christ? It’s incredibly hard to be quick to live completely emptied and poured out. Most of the scriptures I pray over my life are the promises of God that are bless me, heal me, and upgrade me. Let us not skip over the scriptures about us being broken and selfless. Will it cost greatly? Yes.Will it require boldness? Yes. Will it look radical to others? Yes.Will you discover something significant and powerful that is missing from our world? Yes.
The type of love I want for people is an all in type love. That’s the love that truly makes an impact. We can see this kind of love in John 12:3, “Then Mary took a very expensive bottle of perfume and broke it and poured it on Jesus’ feet. She wiped them with her hair, and the sweet smell of the perfume filled the house.” She was showing you can have all of me my past, my current provision and my future purpose and time. Her gift represented her giving up her past of shame, disgust, and being abused by men as a prostitute. She was giving up her future of savings and provision. Something powerful happens when we are willing to go all in. A good and sweet aroma fills the room as a genuine offering. This going all in love can be smelled by ones spouses, children, and their world. Mother Theresa gave one hundred percent and lived a life devoted to prayer and sacrificial love. She said “A life not lived for others is not a life.” These two women not only discovered the full life in Christ. Additionally, they have been recognized by the entire world by their gifts and sacrifice.
The motivation to this love is found in The New Covenant with Jesus perfectly laying down everything for the church. He laid down His life to make us whole. He didn’t just break his arm for us as a sacrifice. He didn’t love ten percent. He gave up everything for us. He said I am going to give everything for you. This is what can motivate us to love others like Mary loved Christ. Let us not skip over the example of Christ being completely poured out for us. Luke 22:19 says, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” I pray you experience the Body of Christ that was broken for you.
What does the “do this in remembrance of me” part actually mean for you and I? I believe it means we are to live broken, emptied, and all in for others especially our family. Do you know what would happen if the church lived broken and abandoned of ourselves. It would work. Christians would carry out the mission to impact the world. Their aroma of love would be noticed as good and pleasing to a watching room.
Parents don’t spoil your children with tons of gifts but love them like Christ loved us. Study and watch His sacrificial and unconditional love. Husbands empty yourselves completely for your wives. To close with another application from the broken powerful Albanian women, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”
Pastor Daniel Scally
Abundant Life Church