[Guest post by the hubs! 🙂 ]
One of our favourite TV shows is “Secret Millionaire”. The show is about millionaires giving up their luxurious lifestyle for a week to live amongst the down trodden in society. Often, during the course of interacting with these people, the millionaire has to confront previous prejudices and fear. There is a cathartic process that he goes through. After a week, the millionaire would give away ten of thousands of his own money to people that he had interacted with. Sometimes, there is an epilogue on how the money given has been put to use, and how the recipients have benefitted.
After watching each show, it never fails to remind me about the similarities and differences on our Lord’s condescension two thousand years ago.
There are some similarities. Firstly, the secret millionaire gives away a portion of his money to meet a need. Secondly, the secret millionaire may be doing a right thing for a greater purpose, although there is some inkling that the money has been used to meet a cathartic need of the millionaire. Thirdly, there is some reprieve to the recipients’ economic situation, with the use of the given monies.
But more crucially, the differences are infinitely apart. Firstly, our Lord gave His life away – not just money – for worthless sinners like us. Secondly, He left all the glories of heaven to His created world in order to fulfill His Father’s purpose. Thirdly, our Lord’s giving addresses our greatest need – the need for a Saviour from our sins – once and for all.
If we are touched enough by the act of giving of the secret millionaire to tear, we must consider why we don’t do so when we think of what Jesus has done for us. His sacrifice is infinitely greater, and his solution for our greatest need for a Saviour is permanent.
“How marvelous, how wonderful, and my song shall ever be. How marvelous, how wonderful, is my Saviour’s love for me”