Throughout our lives we'll have to make choices. Some easy, others the hardest we'll ever have to make.
My wife and I recently had to have our wonderful dog put down. The pain, sorrow, and grief we've gone through has been excruciating.
Quite frankly, it's felt like we put down a child. That's what he was like to us.
This has gotten me thinking about Jesus and the choice God had to make to send his son to Earth.
Not only to Earth, but to a land full of persecution. One where he would be cast away. Taunted. Beaten. Bloodied. Bruised. And eventually killed in a most painful way.
God willingly sacrificed His only son. For us. For YOU.
He made the tough choice to have His son to leave the perfection of Heaven for the imperfect Earth below. To live a life as one of mankind. And to deal with the struggles everyone has to face.
Knowing what I had to go through with my dog, I can only imagine the immense pain and suffering God had to go through in making the choice to use His son as atonement for my sins. For your sins. For the sins of mankind.
But He did it. He sent His son here. He let him go through life as a normal man. And He let him die on a cross, crushed and humiliated.
God allowed this to happen to redeem us. Because He loves us. He wanted us redeemed and brought to Him once again.
This kind of love for us, I'm not sure I can understand it. However, God knew what He was doing. He knew what we were worth. He did what He had to do.
I hope you get what I'm trying to say in this post.
We were given the greatest gift possible when God decided to send His son as our sacrifice. The painful choice had to rip God's heart apart.
Let's stop living like our lives they don't. They do.
Our lives matter enough that God sent His son to die so we could be reconciled. Stop wasting that gift.
About the author, Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and leadership blogger at JMLalonde.com. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. Connect with him on Twitter or at his blog.