Today is one of the most important days of the year. It’s a day to fix our eyes on Jesus and watch him empty himself on a cross— for us and for our salvation. It’s a day to honor the One whose entire life was one of giving, not grasping, one of healing and restoration, not division and rivalry. It’s a day to praise Jesus for overcoming sin and death through his act of pure, sacrificial love.
By his humility and obedience, Jesus has undone Adam’s prideful attempt to become God. He has shown that the way to heaven is not by grasping for ourselves and striving against one another. No, Jesus’ death on the cross proves that the way to heaven is one of receiving graciously instead of possessing selfishly.
This can sound so grandiose and heroic that we might think it’s out of our reach. But nothing can be further from the truth. God sees every act of self-sacrifice, every decision to put someone else’s needs ahead of ours, every decision to empty ourselves. When we give up time to help our child with yet another math problem, God sees it. When we listen carefully to a spouse who tells us about her difficult day at work, even if ours was no better, God sees it. When we put down our car window and offer some food or money to a homeless person, God sees it. He sees them all, and he rewards them.
Every single act of self-giving is a reflection of the cross. And because of that, every act of self-giving warms our Father’s heart and moves him to raise us up a little bit more—just as he did for Jesus.
So fix your eyes on Jesus today, and let his self-giving love move you to be more like him.