My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you aware there is a map of salvation printed on our hearts and it will guide us to heaven? Christ is asking us to follow it. What a small request for such a large investment? His death for our eternal life?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Recently I did a favor for my son Dan. He needed some maps printed for his upcoming trek through the Mid-continental trail from New Mexico to Montana. Each map represented just several days of the journey and the entire trek would take five months to complete, so that’s a lot of maps. Even printed both sides it was a stack of paper. Since they would be exposed to moisture on occasion, it would be advantageous to print them on an enamel stock to prevent the toner from running. That added expense. Each map had to be printed in sequence as well, and it was imperative that the map backing up one side of a sheet was next in the trail sequence or following the trail and the maps would be difficult. He handed me the files and offered to pay, and I told him not to worry about it. He also told me that he needed it by tomorrow. Now, that WAS a favor. I found a printer to do the job and got it into his hands within 24 hours. He was overjoyed and asked me what he owed me. I told him that “he owed me nothing.” Whatever costs were incurred I would cover myself. “Wow, thanks Dad” was his response. I was just glad knowing that whatever I invested in this would make him safer on his long journey.
Since it was imperative that Dan’s long trek was as safe as possible, I was willing to make the sacrifice. It was the least I could do. You know, I often think that’s what Christ’s thought may have been when the devil tempted him in the wilderness. “Dying for mankind? You know, it’s the least I can do. I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you Satan.” As devoted to us he is, do we often put his sacrifice into that perspective? We should.
Here’s a thought from Oswald Chambers: “We have to battle through our moods into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus, to get out of the hole-and-corner business of our experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think Who the New Testament says that Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meanness of the miserable faith we have — ‘I haven’t had this and that experience!’ Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims — that He can present us faultless before the throne of God, unutterably pure, absolutely rectified and profoundly justified. Stand in implicit adoring faith in Him, He is ‘made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.’ How can we talk of making a sacrifice for the Son of God! Our salvation is from hell and perdition, and then we talk about making sacrifices!” (My Utmost for His Highest, November 14)
The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” When you really do put Christ’s sacrifice into perspective it’s hard not to be totally amazed, even bewildered by his willingness to sacrifice everything, even his life. His attitude was “No problem. I just want every man and woman who receives this salvation to remember it and glorify the Father who has made it possible. I want them to be saved. I want them to be safe from Satan. I want them to make the journey in faith following the map of salvation I have laid out for them and finish it well. I’ll spring for the map. It will be printed on their hearts and guide them through life. They just need to follow it and remain faithful.” Small request for such a large investment? Not just a favor, but an investment we can never repay. A Father’s sacrifice indeed.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for sacrificing your life for ours. Help us to remember what we owe you can never be repaid by our own works, but that you have freely given us all we need to finish our life’s journey to heaven for no investment other than our faith. Forgive us when we think that we can sacrifice anything to repay our debt in the least. We owe nothing. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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