Loving Enough to Lay it Down

by Joanna Pierce on February 08, 2017

Do you remember the first time you fell in love? Since most of us have experienced this in our lives, I won’t take the time to explain it, as I don’t know if anyone really could. But, I will suffice to say that when we’re in love we’ll do anything for that person.

For some of us, after our revelatory love is mutually agreed to by another, we have the privilege of joining together through a marital union. After the “honeymoon stage,” couples realize loving is about compromise, hard work, patience, and sacrifice. We no longer live for ourselves, but live for the other person. And, I believe if the situation ever arose, people in love would gladly give their life so the other could live.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13, KJV).

True love in the physical realm is really not about laying down our lives unto death, but casting aside our needs, our wants, and our dreams for the person(s) whom we love. The “I” no longer matters—it’s all about them.

But, remember when I asked if you remember the first time you fell in love?

I thought I knew what love was before I encountered Jesus. When I was baptized in His lovely name and later filled with His precious Spirit (Acts 2:38), I realized that I was truly in love—and this was a love I’d never experienced before in my life. I knew that if Jesus laid down His life for me, I was going to do the same.

When we are truly in love with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we will lay our lives down. And, just like we sacrifice for those we love in the earthly realm, we do the same—and more—for God.

We give up ourselves and become a living sacrifice to Jesus (Romans 12:1); we allow God to move through us and use us in whatever capacity He sees fit. What we want no longer matters—it’s only about God’s will, His plan, His people, and His Kingdom.

So, I ask you again today, dear reader, if you remember the first time you fell in love. If you haven’t had an encounter with Jesus Christ, you can today. Jesus is our bridegroom, and we are the bride—and He’s already waiting for us to make ourselves ready to enter into a lasting covenant with Him.

If you know Jesus today, ask yourself if you truly are in love with Him. Are you willing to let go of the world, put your other relationships in second place, and give your life to Him?

At the end of today, maybe even now, I pray we all can say that we love Him enough to lay it all down. There’s no greater calling and privilege than just that.