Today we are going to hear a story of great selfless love. Have you ever witnessed an act of selfless love that touched your heart beyond measure? Last week we talked about how we are all apart of God’s one big family when we are brothers and sisters in Christ. God’s family started with the greatest selfless love of all— the sacrifice of his one and only son, Jesus.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13
Selfless love all starts with a sacrifice. It never expects anything in return. When this type of love is given, a person always receives more than they give.
One of the most selfless acts of love has to be when a mother gives her child up for adoption. I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to surrender over motherly rights to another mother. How selfless of a birth mother to put her own child’s needs above her own. It reminds me of what God does for us everyday. By giving up her motherly rights she gives another woman a chance to be a mother who may not be able to become a mother on her own. She gives her child a chance for a better life than she could give herself.
I have worked in the operating room as a nurse anesthetist for over 13 years and in that time, I have witnessed hundreds of babies born. I will never forget the selfless love of the mother who gave her baby up for adoption.
An Act of Selfless Love
We had gone back to the operating room to prepare for a cesarean section. Usually the husband or close family members comes back to the operating room to witness the birth of their new born baby. This time there wasn’t a husband or family member, but the adoptive mother who was present. When the baby was born, I felt overwhelmed with emotion for both the birth and adoptive mother. I was in a quandary because the birth mother was my patient whom I was taking care of. I usually tell the mother congratulations after her baby is born. This time however, I was trying to console the birth mother who was crying and congratulate the adoptive mother who was rejoicing at the same time.
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” Matthew 18:5
I was overjoyed for the new adoptive mother but at the same time saddened for the loss the birth mother must have felt. It makes me wonder if this is how God feels about us? He loved us so much that He sacrificed his own son for us in order to be apart of His family. He paid the price for us through the blood of Jesus. In Christ we are all united by the same spiritual DNA, the blood of Jesus. There are no orphans in God’s selfless love. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3:26)
God’s selfless love makes our adoption complete into His big family. How beautiful it is when you see an adoption story? One where you know a child is now going to have a life where they are loved by family regardless of them being adopted or not. We are all God’s children, he loves us all the same whether we are adopted or not.
“He predestined us[a] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:5-6)
In God’s family we become new citizens of heaven of God’s household. In His selfless love we are made complete.
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Ephesians 2:19
Have you ever witnessed an act of selfless love that stirred your heart?
How has God’s selfless love impacted your life?
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