We’ve looked at caregiving as legacy. Now let’s up the ante. What happens in the heavenlies when a Christian lays down his or her life for another (John 15:13)? What does that sacrifice do in the spirit world?
While we don’t the purchase redemption of mankind with our sacrifice, could it be that in our little corner of the world, in our little family, our redemptive act has power to break the strongholds of the enemy? If the enemy is empowered through hatred and anger, would it not make sense that he is disempowered through love? We know that perfect love casts out the spirit of fear (1 John 4:18). Would it not be reasonable to think that perfect love and redemptive acts of sacrifice also cast out spirits of anger, resentment, bitterness, and revenge? Would it not be reasonable to think that the thing God is calling me to is not merely to care for a needy person, but indeed, to a powerful, strategic, redemptive act? And if so, how can that change my attitude?
It critical to understand that we can’t pull this off on our own. But with Jesus? Now it’s possible (Matt. 19:26, Mark 10:27)! Here’s how. I enter into this role as a son, not a slave (John 8:35). My life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I am seated with Jesus in heavenly places (Eph. 1:20-21). I am an heir of God and joint heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). But as long as I’m taking care of myself, actualizing myself, I don’t experience the full impact of being fully resourced. As a son of God (yep, even as a woman), as an heir, all things are mine. Everything I need to do this difficult job is mine. My role, then, is to enter into Jesus in such a way that I bring the Kingdom to earth. In such a way that I break the strongholds that Jesus has already broken (Col 2:15).
What if there actually is something that happens in the spirit world when I take the hurts, the pains, the insults, and the dirty diapers and offer them, offer my body, as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God (Rom 12:2)? What if that “spiritual act of worship” has a tangible impact on the demonic realm? What if the result is a generational legacy that will transform my family, and in so doing, society? What if….?
Caregiving as Legacy | Part 1
Caregiving as Legacy | Part 2