“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Cor. 5:15
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:35
Is there something the Lord has been telling you to sacrifice but you just won’t budge? Something He’s told you to let go but you just won’t release it? Someone He’s told you to say goodbye to but you won’t walk away? Something you’ve been doing He’s told you to stop but you keep on hanging on? Something in the way of how you spend your time He’s told you to change so you can sacrifice the time for Him and His will for that time in your life? Some dream you’re holding onto for dear life but He’s made it plain and clear that’s not His plan for your life?
Anger toward and vengeance concerning someone you won’t forsake though He’s made it totally obvious you need to forgive – NOW? Some kind of habit He’s convicted you of that you simply must sacrifice it in order to please and honor Him? Some place, job, house, material possessions, money, way of thinking, way of doing, aspect of your lifestyle, group of people you’re spending time with, television show, type of music, anything or anyone at all, you know in your heart the Lord Jesus Christ wants you to sacrifice but you’ve been hemming and hawing and going back and forth and up and down and spinning in circles and backsliding or any other matter of resisting or outright rebelling rather than making the sacrifice?
No sacrifice we will ever make will come anywhere close to the sacrifice the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, made when He died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead so all who repent and believe this Gospel message, truly turning from a lifestyle of sin to living for Christ, are forgiven and given a forever relationship with Jesus instead of forever in torment in hell and the lake of fire. No sacrifice any human on this earth has ever or will ever make will ever come close to the sacrifice the Lord made for humanity!
He bore all God’s wrath at us for our sins and the punishment we deserve so we could be in His fellowship forever! And so we could live to love and adore and worship and praise and honor and please and bring pleasure to and revere and fear and serve and glorify the Lord! And so we could enjoy and experience His presence forevermore! And so we could love and serve and bless and enjoy others in His holy most precious forever name!
He died on the cross for us. In response to His ultimate unfathomable sacrifice, we must die to self and live for Him! Oh, how little it is He calls us to sacrifice when compared with the sacrifice He made so those who believe in and follow Him can live forever and ever in His magnificent glorious presence, oh, hallelujah, AMEN!
Make the sacrifice, friend. For Jesus’ sake, let it go! For the glory of the Lord most high! Blessed be His name! Blessed be His almighty forever and ever name, AMEN!