And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesian 5:2
We have been taught to believe that sacrifice is bad, that we have to give up what we want and there is no recompense for the give away. I have had to re-evaluate the worth of sacrifice.
Bob Proctor said “Sacrifice is the exchange of something of a lower nature for something of a higher nature.”
I have also been evaluating my self, my tendencies, my inhibitions and my instinctive behavior. As Christians we are challenged to walk in a way that seems contradictory to who we are. It seems as if God has challenged us and demanded from us, in turn condemns us for missing the mark. We could not be more wrong. The truth is that God enables us to gracefully transform into the people he calls us to be, in order to meet the precepts he has laid for us- we have to simply remain in Him. And this is what we do not do, we think we can do it all with our own self, and this is also a wrong belief.
If I recall correctly Ghandi one of the great thinkers, sacrificed food in order to become more in tune with his spiritual nature. Athletes and dancers sacrifice hanging out to fully give themselves over to work. Jesus Christ sacrificed his life to bring us back to right standing with God. And these all seem a bit too extensive for us to do.
But in my evaluations, I have decided to give up my serious demeanor tantrums and I exchange them for a smile and to make it a time of praise. I have chosen to go to bed by 11 pm, even if I have things to do, so that I may be energized throughout the following day. I have also given up having a dating life, so that I may enjoy my firsts in Christ with my husband to be. Now these changes may not occur right away, I may forget or may be overcome by my innate desires- but I have clarified the thought of sacrifice in my mind and in my heart, which is amazing.
I have even gone as far as to formulate a plan of logic in my head, in regards to pain. I am willing to pay for joy, in the sacrifice of pain today. If I suffer today, it is a sacrifice I am making to receive joy in the future. I know it sounds crazy, but it makes sense if you consider it.
Father God, teach us your way. Lead us to a place of understanding, a place where we trade our natural tendencies for spiritual principles. I stand in the gap for all believers in Christ, and those unbelievers who also need to learn the value of sacrifice for the betterment of their personal lives and to excel in their professionals lives. I ask that you would teach us in the simplest forms, how to love and how to serve others. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.