What do I have to offer Shane? Nothing
What do I have to offer my family? Nothing
Yes, you read that right, absolutely NOTHING!
Now before you think I’ve gone off the deep end, and I need help for my low “self- esteem” let me just tell you that my esteem is just fine thank you very much.
Isaiah 64:6 says “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
Which means, I have nothing to offer them on my own. Oh yes, I can do good deeds, I can serve others.
I will fall
I will disappoint.
I will mess up.
I will get UGLY sometimes.
I will be impatient.
I will love imperfectly.
I will sin.
But with Christ’s love. With His patience and His kindness. With His self-sacrificing love, I have many things to offer.
The first of which is the desire to please my Father in heaven. I can not do that apart from the Holy Spirit living in me. You see, if I am serving from my own self, out of obligations, and not because of Christ in me, I open myself up to bitterness and frustration. If I’m serving out of service to my Heavenly Father, it frees me. I’m not doing it to please them, but to please God and then it’s not up to me to make them appreciate “all MY hard work”
Somehow, in an unexplainable way, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross makes my offering to my family enough.
And that is love.
The more we realize that we are nothing apart from Christ, the more Christ-like we become.
As we become more Christ-like, the more we become more like 1 Corinthians 13.