Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 5:1-2
Last night at the Thingy, after telling a heart wrenching story about loving a co-worker, my dear friend fought back tears and said, “If I had known how hard it was going to be love others like Jesus loves them I’m not sure I would have started doing it.”
Jesus was serious when He told us to count the cost of following Him. Christ’s love is sacrificial. It’s primary symbol is the cross. To love as He loves always costs us something.
Our security and comfort will disappear. Our time, energy, and resources will all go. Our self-confidence and pride will vanish. Or like my friend, our hearts will be ripped with compassion for the pain of others.
As Dietrich Bonhoffer explained, the cost of discipleship is our life.
But the sacrifice is worth it. His love is beyond words. With it comes and abundant life full of beauty, surprise, joy, and wonder.
May we be known as imitators of the loving living God. Let it be said of us that we are people who love with reckless abandon, that our love for others burns hot but never burns out, and that to all that come near us are overwhelmed by the sweet fragrance of Jesus.