Sacrifice: An act of killing or slaughtering as an offering to God. With Father’s day right around the corner, I felt the need to write about sacrifice. Father’s every single day sacrifice for their families. They wake up and go to work in order to provide, many times working long hours. Only to come home and put on a smile for his wife and children, run around and play, make up stories before bedtime. Then, after putting their family’s first, they rest and take a few moments of time for themselves before putting their head down on the pillow and going back to sleep only to wake up and do it all again the next day. There are many forms of sacrifice. You can sacrifice your time, money, love of something, there are big sacrifices and little sacrifices. But no matter the size, a sacrifice is giving up something you either want or need in order to offer it up unto God. We take a day out of the year to show love to the father’s in our lives, as we should. We celebrate them, love extra hard on them, say ‘thank you for all you do!’ They deserve it. But I want to bring to mind the most beautiful sacrifice given to us by the ultimate father. The father of the world. Who, on the one, fateful day, carried a cross up a hill and it was there that he gave his life, his innocent life, for all of us so that we could live a beautiful life of forgiveness.
The book says it like this in john 3:16 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Everlasting Life. How beautiful is that? Oh how He must love us so, for He gave us everlasting life! I am thankful today for a father who cares enough about us that he would give his only son in order for us to be saved, loved, freed, forgiven, blessed, found innocent. We have all heard this message probably more than once, but does that mean I should have written on a different topic? At the end of the day, isn’t this the most important message? The most important topic? The one that we are to go into the streets and preach? His saving grace. His everlasting love for his children. Nails in his hands. Nails in his feet. A crown, one made of thorns. My daddy did that. As we celebrate our earthly father’s, let us remember the father who gave us life. Let us remember the sacrifice he gave in order for us to have this life. Let us remember the love he has for us. The mercy new every morning. Our father gave the ultimate sacrifice and he did it for love.
So whether you come from a broken home, a split home, a home where dad wasn’t present, a home where you had a wonderful father, a home where dad was in prison, a home where dad made some bad decisions, no matter the circumstance, on this Father’s Day, remember that you are not alone. Do not think you don’t have a father or that you don’t have a good father figure. You have one and he is better than any father you could imagine. He gave us life and he loves faithfully. He is the ultimate father and he deserves to be recognized every day of the year. So, Sunday celebrate your father, wherever you are, whatever the plans, make your father feel special and show him you love but remember to thank Our Heavenly Father as well and to show him some love. Do it daily. We shouldn’t need a day in the year to make someone feel loved and appreciated anyways right? Be thankful today and everyday for a father’s ultimate sacrifice.