EncouragementNational Foster Care Month

A Living Sacrifice

In the United States, today is Memorial Day, the day we remember those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of the freedom of our beloved country. For the sake of our country, they served. For the sake of family, they bled. For the sake of strangers, they persevered. Why? Because of their LOVE for family and country. We are so thankful for these heroes.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8

Because of their part in history, we do not have to worry about dictatorship, anarchy, or the general safety of our children and their future. Some of our daily concerns pale in comparison to running from our country because our lives are at stake. Rather, we get to head to the beach, mountains, or just our couch for some relaxation. We don’t have to worry about anyone pounding on our front door to interrogate us or to throw us into prison because of false accusations. We bask in the glory of God because our founding forefathers dedicated this country to Him.

Now I know they were not perfect and that slavery and prejudice, among other types of evil existed, but that is the result of a sinful world. Slowly, those in government finally outlawed slavery and segregation due to the grassroots efforts of many citizens. It takes time for a whole culture to change and we are glad it finally did. But there is One who is perfect.

“Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but [Jesus], having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” – Hebrews 10:11-14

There is One who sacrificed His all because He loves us for all eternity and wants us to be reconciled to Him. We do not deserve it, yet He died for us.

Dear ones … Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for you, for all of us, giving His perfect life in order for us to have eternal life with Him. It goes beyond this earthly reality. It is for all eternity.

Believers, take a moment to relish in the joy of our salvation. All the trials you may be facing are so hard, but He’s got this. Hold His hand, hold the hands of others He has placed in your life. Pray, rest, and persevere.

Those who don’t yet know Jesus, I beg you to turn from a life lived for the present to live a life for God that goes beyond the grave. Repent, turn your eyes upon the Lord, and rejoice. Seek counsel from Christians around you and drink in God’s Words in the Bible.

Foster parents, your sacrifice for your temporary children is worth it. We may never know what their future holds, but we can live, knowing that the sacrifice of our time, efforts, sanity, and more is worth it for the sake of the gospel. Love is action.

“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” – 1 John 3:16-18

I pray that you will be supported in all you do as a living sacrifice, that you will see God’s hand in all of your efforts and various situations, that you will persevere in the valleys and pour out unending love to your children, and that others will see Jesus in you. How? It’s supernatural. I lift you up in prayer to continue being a living sacrifice for the sake of the gospel so that all would know the love of Christ.

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