No, this is not a blog about Gatorade. Though the company’s popular slogan, commercials and ads with visual effects, and famous athletes sweating Gatorade does conjure up thoughts of a thirst being quenched. Gatorade has made a lasting and effective ad campaign out of asking if it’s in you to enhance performance and replace electrolytes… and sell more product. As you read on, you will see where I’m going with this… but for now, consider this question:
Have you ever loved someone so much you
would give your life for them?
This was a question I asked a group of college students with Southwestern Advantage while at a meeting in New Orleans. The point wasn’t to think about who you would take a bullet for, but who do you love enough to lay down your life for? There’s a distinct difference. Who do you love enough to pour into, to invest in, to serve? In other words, do you love others unconditionally – so much so that you would put your life on hold for them? Would you give up what you have for them?
Someone did this for you in each of those ways. Jesus not only gave his life away to those he inspired, led, healed, taught, scolded, outwitted, told parables to, befriended, and forgave, but he also gave his life away by dying for you. But that’s not the end of the story – he rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of the Father. He did this so his sacrifice would wash away our sins. This is our ticket. Our ticket out of hell. This is an ultimate, unconditional love we all have in common.
With the example set forth by Jesus – a precedence like no other before or since – why would we hesitate to do anything in his name if ever called to do so? While we will likely not be in a situation to have to die for our faith (though many are around the world), what we can do is give our life away to others through our faith. After all, we know what real love is.
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
– 1 John 3:16
The above verse is followed up with this:
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a
brother or sister in need but shows no compassion
– how can God’s love be in that person?
– 1 John 3:17
Here’s the follow-up question (and Gatorade tie-in) from the one we started with at the top: Is God’s love in you? When you love someone enough to sacrifice for them, it’s not about giving up power, it’s about submitting to it. That power is love and the love in you that you share with others is powerful. It’s unconditional and compassionate. Through love for others, you can share wisdom, talent, time, money, laughter, friendship, and resources. You can share you. Give your life away through love. Is it in you?