Earlier this month we recalled the anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline in their efforts to defeat Nazi Germany. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” The cost of lives was high on D-Day, as more than 9,000 Allied soldiers gave their lives or were wounded. Even so, by the end of the day, the Allies gained a foothold in Normandy – and more than 100,000 soldiers began to march across Europe to defeat Hitler.
Each soldier was devoted to the cause of freedom – completely sold out and willing to place his life on the line for a cause bigger than himself or his desires. This is the kind of devotion that Christ seeks from us. He says, “Come follow Me..” and as we do, we see a man who was devoted to the cause of His Father; so devoted that He was willing to give his very life for it – for us.
Are you willing to devote your life to Him, and to His cause, today?
There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. – John 15:13