Something that has been on my mind a lot lately is how quick we are to slight our Savior after all that he has done for us. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have read or heard the excuse, “God would not send me to hell for doing such-and-such.” This really saddens me and I try very hard within myself to never use that logic because it is so self-centered. Would we apply that kind of logic to the way we treat a spouse or a child? Try substituting them in that situation and say instead, “I know this will disrespect my spouse, but it’s not so bad that they will divorce me for it, so it’s ok,” or “Well, I’m sure CPS would not take my children if I did such and such, so it is ok.”
If that kind of selfish love is not acceptable for the people in our lives, why do we apply it to our relationship with God? Our motives should not be squeaking by with the minimum to prevent “going to hell,” but they should be about honoring and loving this amazing God of the universe who sent his only Son to die for us. That is huge!! I have seen a lot of reminders in the past few days that Memorial Day is more than just a day to have a BBQ; it is meant to honor and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for this country, and that is true. It is also true that as a Christian, we are to be a new creature and that we BELONG to God. Our lives are not our own, and yet we often choose to ignore God and pursue our own selfish pursuits. Much like people take Memorial Day for granted as a day to sleep in and have a BBQ instead of remembering its meaning, how often do we treat the Lord’s Day as a time to sleep in or enjoy recreation rather than remembering the sacrifice of our Savior and worshiping him as He has asked us to do?
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
 There is a song that I really love by Yellowcard that is about the firefighters who gave their lives on 9/11 to save the people in the Twin Towers. The song expresses the gratitude toward those who gave their lives for others, and how it elicits a desire to live a worthwhile life to honor that sacrifice. It really reminds me of Jesus and HIS sacrifice. The truth is that we all had someone step in for us and sacrifice His life to save ours, and we owe Him all the love and devotion in our hearts, on Sundays and every day of our lives!
“Think about the chance I never had to say
Thank you for giving up your life that day
Never fearing, only hearing voices calling out
Let it all go, the life that you know
Just to bring them down alive
And you still came back for me
You were strong and you believed
Everything is going to be alright
Everything is going to be alright
Everything is going to be alright
Be strong, believe
Want to hold my wife when I get home
Want to tell my kids they’ll never know
How much I love to see them smile
Want to make a change right here, right now
Want to live a life like you somehow
To make your sacrifice worthwhile”

– “Believe” by Yellowcard