Where there is no love, there is no point. Let every you do be done with love. We may argue whether or not that’s possible. Who loves doing dishes? Who loves cleaning up, right?
But I don’t think it’s the task we’re supposed to love. It’s being able to help that we’re supposed to love. I don’t have to love doing the dishes in order to love the fact that doing them will make someone else feel better.
A lot of times we think that because we don’t love it, we can’t do it with love. That’s just not true. We tend to think that if we’re not in love with the task, we shouldn’t even have to attempt doing it. However, I believe this verse means that we do things out of love.
I may be wrong, but I’m sure that out of all that Jesus was able to do on Earth, washing the disciples’ feet wasn’t done because He loved washing feet. And that is the point. Setting an example of love and sacrifice was more important than anything to Christ.
What does it mean for you to be able to do for others? It means serving, serving means sacrifice and sacrifice is love. At the end of the day, if you’re not willing to sacrifice, some would argue whether or not you’re even willing to love.
And where there is no love, there is no point… is there?
1 Corinthians 16:14 And do everything with love.
Do you ever think about how extreme and foolish the people who wanted Jesus crucified were? They seemed pretty bloodthirsty, and they didn’t seem to mind.
23 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!” 24 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. The responsibility is yours!”
25 And all the people yelled back, “We will take responsibility for his death—we and our children!”
Wow, right? We want him dead. We want it to be our fault. And we want our children to be held responsible too. We want all the “credit” for this. But I think we all know the funny thing about credit. It’s really debt.
Which of them realized that their charge against Christ was the debt that He was on His way to pay for them? Do you?
As I read all that Christ endured, for me, I’m brought to tears. I’m nearly brought to shame in the behavior of mankind, mostly because that behavior is still alive today. And I just love Jesus. I think about how much I am not like Him, and I want to be. I really do. But he was so wonderful. He set such a great example for our ordinary lives, by enduring His extreme trials.
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12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.
When I’m right, it takes all that I have not to acknowledge how right I am. When I’m wrong, I still want to explain my perspective. But here we have Jesus, God, refusing to gloat. He’s refusing to state His case, although He has every right to if He wants to.
How divine is that? To know there is no need to prove your innocence or divinity, because you are God. What an example.
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.
I really want to approach the story of Christ’s crucifixion from a different perspective. I’ve been in prayer and asking God, that I not approach it as a story I’ve read many times, but as a part of my own biography. It may not be an event that I saw, but it was for me that He was there. It’s not just for the history books, it’s for my present and future.
The day that Christ was crucified is a pinnacle day in my own life story. Although it is a Bible story from many years ago, its purpose was and is for me. His crucifixion and resurrection are the events that make His life as a perfect sacrifice the final piece. Therefore, these events are what make my salvation the final piece.
To separate this story from my own personal biography would be in a sense, to separate salvation from my own narrative. And without salvation, without forgiveness, without God’s love, I am nothing.
One thought I’ve had recently was how hard it had to have been for Jesus to be a carpenter. Not because of the workload, although we all know that can be hard. But I think it might have been difficult because of the daily reminders He received.
How would you like for your profession to remind you of the brutal sacrifice you had to make?
This, for me, is just another example of Christ’s love for me. Every day, his job required him to take a hammer to a nail, nailing boards of wood together.
Do we for one second think that He never had the thought of the nails that would pierce His own perfect hands one day? Do we not think that for once, with the impact of His swing, He didn’t think of the impact of someone else’s as they nailed Him to a cross?
I wonder if He ever accidentally hit his finger or thumb. Or if that splinter of wood in his hand was all too irritating until He thought about what was to come.
Christ the Savior knew what He had to do. But Jesus the man lived with the reminders of what was to come.
Love does. It’s just that simple. It does.
Jesus set the perfect example of what love does, because to tell us wasn’t enough. He had to do love. And what He did in love was gave His life for me to show that He loved me. Love does.
I can tell my husband all day, every day that I love him. I can say it all I want to, but at the end of the day, at some point, he’s going to expect me to do love. At some point, saying I love him, isn’t going to be enough. At some point, I’m going to have to sacrifice something to do love.
Love does. My husband does. He does love. He doesn’t tell me he loves me, he does love. He makes the 6-hour trip. He goes to the grocery store to get me soup and medicine. He runs out to get me breakfast and rushes back home so he’s not late for work. He does love.
Love is what you do. Not what you say. And if those things above are considered sacrifices for me, how much greater was what Christ did?
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NLT)
How could it be
That You would give it up Your deity for me?
Even when sin is all I can see
Still You gave up Your deity for me.
A King on His Throne
Then it was gone.
You chose humility
All for me.
I really don’t understand
But it was Your master plan.
And although to me it doesn’t make sense
Your love is just that intense.
No more life of sin
Because of what You did
When on the cross, Your love was not hid.
And as undeserving as I may be
I’ve accepted You as my Savior, You see.
After all, what would life be
Without accepting the One who gave up deity for me?