So, I have been to my second school assembly of the week. Don’t worry, I made sure that I had my cup of tea first (read yesterdays blog if you want to know what I mean).
The school I was at runs a student lottery where each student has an allocated number and then each week a number is drawn from a bag. If the student whose number it is has attended for the whole week then they win £5.
One of this weeks winners didn’t want to go up to the front to collect her prize money and so she missed out on it.
This incident reminded me of how much teenagers want to blend in when they are in a crowd. The worst thing that can happen to a teenager is that they have to do something that they think is embarrassing in front of other people. The irony is that many of these same teenagers are selfie mad and we’ve all seen some embarrassing selfies taken by teenagers on Facebook. I guess the difference is that selfies are cool and also that you can have several different attempts at a selfie and then pick the best one.
For her own reasons, this girl didn’t want to go to the front to collect £5. I wonder if she would have responded differently if it was £100 or if her favourite pop star was there to say hello to?
The cost was too high for her to commit to gaining what was on offer.
In the assembly, I was talking about the Easter story and how Jesus gave everything that he had as he came to the Earth and gave his life on the cross.
Thankfully, the cost wasn’t too high for Jesus to commit to gaining what was on offer.
What did Jesus gain by giving his life on the cross?
In opening up the way for people to know God, Jesus gained a people who he could have a real and meaningful relationship with. Think about that, Jesus gave his life when what was on offer was knowing and saving any people who would turn to him for salvation.
An agonising death wasn’t too high a price to pay for Jesus to know us and to save us from eternity in hell.
God’s love is amazing.
God has given everything for us, but what will we give for and to him?
C.T. Studd was a England Cricket player who gave up his career and travelled to China as a missionary in 1885. Whilst he was there he inherited a large sum of money which he gave away. His choices seemed odd to people who have no faith but this is what he said about that,
If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
This man knew where he was going and what he was living for. He understood all that Jesus had done and was doing for him. As a consequence he was willing to give his all for God. Definitely a worthwhile way to live your life!