Last Tuesday was “Be Kind to Lawyers Day.” Don’t worry, I didn’t know about it either until something unusual happened. Monday afternoon as I was sitting in my office, my administrative assistant told me that I had a visitor. A very nice woman who I had met a couple of times but barely knew had come to see me to give me a chocolate cake that she had bought for me! She told me that she had heard on the radio earlier that day that it was “Be Kind to Lawyers Day” and I was the only lawyer that she knew, so she decided to buy me a cake and bring it to me. I was very surprised! The cake had “Happy Attorneys’ Day” written on it and it was delicious.
This was certainly an unexpected blessing. I had done nothing for this woman to deserve such a gift. I had not told anyone that my favorite cake was yellow with chocolate icing, but there was the cake just the same. And there was nothing expected of me in return except to enjoy the blessing – although I did share the cake with her and a few others.
One of the things that stunned me about this event was that it would never have occurred to me to do something like that. I am always so wrapped up in what I am doing and what is coming up on MY calendar and the projects that I am working on that I have rarely stopped to consider what I could be doing at that moment for someone else. This fine lady had heard something on the radio and probably had to think for a while before realizing that she knew an attorney at all! She then put whatever plans she had for the day on hold to go to the trouble of getting a cake and bringing it to the police department. She had no idea whether I was even at work that day! May the Lord give me a heart that loves like that.
Isn’t that a great picture of what Jesus did for us? It’s on a much larger scale, of course, but didn’t Jesus surrender His own will to give us all a fantastic gift that we never asked for and didn’t even know that we needed? It was a gift that came at a cost and was provided solely out of love. Paul says it this way, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)
The cross shows the incredible lengths that Christ went to demonstrate His love for you and me and He commands us to show that kind of sacrificial love to one another. “[J]ust as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34b) Earlier this week, I saw that love demonstrated in the gift of a chocolate cake.