Let’s be real for a moment, no one likes to sacrifice. If sacrifice is giving up something I love, then I don’t want to do it. But that’s the way most of us see it. It’s losing something we value.
Most don’t like the thought of giving away their money…because they love it.
Most don’t like to give up their time to help someone else…because they treasure their time to themselves.
Most don’t like to give up their comfort…because we’d miss it too much.
But what if God’s idea of sacrifice was not a one-sided equation? What if it wasn’t just “give up something you love”? What if it wasn’t a negative equation?
The Bible consistently talks about us living a life of sacrifice. Does that mean we just give up everything that we love and that makes God happy? I don’t believe so. I believe there is another part to this equation that we miss. In fact, whenever the Bible talks about us sacrificing for Christ, it usually ends with bigger debit to our account. It doesn’t make sense to us always, but it’s divine truth. Here’s how Jesus phrased it.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. (Luke 9:24)
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
Only when we embrace a life of sacrifice and new definition of what sacrifice is can we reap the benefits of it. Here’s a better definition that I’ll be unpacking this weekend at Crossroads. Sacrifice is giving up something you love…for something you love even more!