The Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
I thank God for the thousands of men and women who have given their lives so that others may live, and live in freedom. When you speak to a family member of a fallen soldier, the true cost of that freedom becomes overwhelmingly apparent.
However, I believe that the real purpose of freedom has been perverted by our enemy, the devil. Through his schemes and lies, self-sacrifice has been replaced by self-gratification. Instead of using freedom as an opportunity to serve others, he has convinced many to use it unapologetically as an excuse to fulfill their own wants and desires.
The once deeply held values of self-sacrifice and service to others are being diluted even among Christians. Joy and fulfillment have become the goal rather than the by-product of a life spent serving others. And anyone who seeks the by-product instead of purpose will miss out on both.
Mark 8:35 says this, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
I encourage you to honor those who have paid the price for freedom by laying your life down on a daily basis by serving others. If you will, joy and fulfillment will become the fruit of your life.