It’s Time to be Great

My wife and I have been married for close to five years, and we love trying out new restaurants to celebrate a special occasion. Usually, that means I need to secure a reservation.

Interestingly, we need reservations for a lot of things. There are reserved parking spots at offices and schools. Reserved tables at weddings and fundraisers. Reserved seats at concerts and sporting events. Even reserved seats at church!

So how do you get a reservation? At a restaurant, it usually means you have to be the first call. But at a concert, or an event, or even a reserved parking spot, something else is at play. You usually have to be someone important or at least know someone who can pull some strings for you. In other words, reserved spots aren’t just for anybody at any time…at least in our economy today. Reserved spots are for somebodies.

Are you a somebody?

That’s a difficult question because it calls into question our ideas of respect and honor since most reserved spots are based on deserving qualities. You knew the right person. You called at the right time. You have the right level of influence.

But look at what Paul says in Romans 5:6-9 (NLT),

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.

In God’s economy, great love is extended to those least deserving of it. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. You could say it this way:

Great love is reserved for the undeserved.

So what’s our response? I think it forces us to ask some difficult questions: Is there someone in my life whom I have deemed underserving of love? Is there someone I am holding a grudge against because of a past hurt? Is there someone I’ve withheld compassion to because I have labeled them unworthy of receiving help?

Guess what?

Those situations invite the greatest of loves because great love is reserved for the undeserved. What if we reserve the best of ourselves for when times are the hardest? I usually pull out the reservation card when things are good–to celebrate. But I am now also challenged to pull out my best when things get hard too. That’s likely when I really do need to be at my best just like God gave His best for us on the cross.

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