He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? -Romans 8:32
Head: Your children are your most precious belonging. They belong to you and you belong to them. They are precious and priceless to you. You will protect them from harm at at all cost. Never in a million years would you ever imagine having a child simply to watch them sacrifice themselves for humanity. No, you wouldn't put that in your plans and dreams for your children.
The fact is, as humans, we are so far from perfect. We are selfish creatures from our first breath, our only goal is to survive. With perfect spirits and fracture souls we try to navigate this life. We have babies and bring them along on the journey with us. We try to help them navigate this broken world. The fact will always remain that this world is lost and broken. That is why God sent us His only begotten Son into this world. To offer healing and a peace like no other. It is the only way to help us overcome our love and addiction to sin.
Heart: The preciousness of what God did, His gift that showed us his deep love, remain a mystery to us. John (1John 4:9) and Paul (Romans 8:32) both write about this all giving act that shattered the veil that kept us from fully experiencing the closeness of God. It set free the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and friend. Jesus, giving of Himself is equal to God giving of Himself. Jesus is with God. (John 1:1-3). How this is true is part of the mystery we won't understand this side of eternity. Jesus still walked among us as a man, our Deity wrapped in flesh. He walked among us in our filth and dirty living just to love us. Our God incarnate, through man, was still the eternal God himself.
When He gave the most precious gift, His Son, His own "life", He walked into the presence of death and took what belonged to Him. He conquered death, set captives free, atoned for our sins, and rose again in the flesh to show the lost world what He did. Christ basically said... "Here, Hold my Crown. I'm going to fix this once and for all." The enemy was not expecting God to give so freely of Himself, because the enemy would never do such a thing.
Hands: As parents, we can't imagine giving so freely by way of our children. The fact remains that our children were God's long before they were ours. He dreamed of them long before you took your first breath. While we would never sacrifice our children, we should love them sacrificially. There comes a day when we as parents, quite often, that we fall completely short of meeting our child's needs. We are flesh who love our sin and addictions. While Christ sets us free from them we have to accept and embrace the freedom fully by living in complete submission. We also, have to give our children back to God all the while remembering that He loves them more than we could ever. While our children are priceless to us. They are priceless to our God. His view of the value of life is far different than ours, His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. They are exalted above anything we could imagine for our children. Breathe the promises of God into your children every chance you get. Remind them on the regular Who they belong to.
Here! Hold My Crown! Is a forthcoming devotional for mothers. Written by Aimee Larsen, a mother of 5 children. She walked through having a premie, infertility, miracles, foster care, and adoption.