By Gina England
I have always loved deciphering personalized license plates. I remember starting this as a kid with my competitive family in the car. We’d see a tag that says 4EVERL8, which translate to Forever Late. There is even a disputed tie from 13 years ago when my husband and I were trying to decipher the license plate KITTYDR. I am convinced KITTYDR stands for a veterinarian (kitty doctor) while Derek believes the person lives on Kitty Drive. Either way, we will never know.
I recently saw a license plate reading “IIDYEIV,” 2 DIE 4, right? Naturally, I assumed that a hairstylist must drive that car . . . perhaps it would be a fun name for a hair salon. The longer I sat at that red light staring at the letters “IIDYEIV” I began to ponder what people really consider “to die for.’ I began making a list of what we might deem “to die for’ – a marriage you admire, a house, an exquisite vacation spot, or a dream job. Yet this list doesn’t even begin to skim the surface in today’s social media saturated world. Social mediaopens the door to so many other ‘to die fors’, including someone’s clothing, jewelry, physique, the perfectly poised family pictures, the magazine-quality decorated home, and the list goes on and on and on.
Let me ask you this, have you ever considered yourself “to die for?” Each answers probably varies drastically. Some think there are one or two things in our lives that are to die for, while others of us are absolutely convinced that there is nothing that makes us to die for. The great news? You are 100%, without a shadow of a doubt “to die for.”
John 3:16 (NIV, emphasis added) says, For God so loved the world (this is YOU) that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever (this is YOU again) believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God loves YOU so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for YOU. Think of the magnitude of this verse. God so loved you. This isn’t like He kind of liked you or tolerated you. No, He so loves you! He loves you so much that He gave His precious Son, Jesus, to bear your sin on the cross and make atonement so that you are not eternally separated from Him, but instead have eternal life. He loves you so much that He wants to spend eternity with you. I cannot think of anything more humbling in this world. He loves us with a mighty, mighty love. As I am typing this I am shaking my head in absolute awe and wonder of this much undeserved sacrifice. Imagine seeing Jesus with your sins nailed to the cross. It is a sight that will bring us to our knees to worship Him in a way that our hearts and minds cannot fully understand.
As we approach Easter, think about what our precious Savior did for us. From start to finish, the agony, the triumph, and every moment in between, we see our Savior loving us so sacrificially. It is astounding. It makes me want to climb on the roof and shout of His goodness and get down on my knees and bawl all that the same time.
As you are preparing your heart this Holy Week, take the time to grasp how well loved you are by your amazing Heavenly Father. Regardless of what you have or haven’t done, what you drive or don’t drive, how your house is decorated or your number of “likes” on Facebook — you, child of God, are to die for.