The True Measure of Sacrifice

The days of taking lambs and goats, killing them, draining the blood, and offering them on the altar as a sacrifice, are gone.  But the day of making a sacrifice to God is not.  God still requires a sacrifice.  Not an atonement sacrifice, that has already been accomplished.  A sacrifice of ourselves.

Romans 12: 1 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (New Living Translation)

That is fine and good, but what is a sacrifice?  I’m sure there many definitions, but let me give it a try —  Sacrifice – something we give up, that we truly like or love, in order to draw closer to God and please Him.

This makes perfect sense.  If I gave something up that didn’t really matter to me, why would that be called a sacrifice?  But, you may ask, if I do what you are suggesting it will hurt me!  Yes, it will, for awhile.  But God’s favor will then kick in and soothe the pain so you can endure.

I’ve heard much about sacrifice in my lifetime, but in most cases it doesn’t seem to apply to me and my situation.  For example, “anything you give up for God, or sacrifice for God,  is something you didn’t need in the first place”…  hmmmm… interesting thought, but it doesn’t apply in every situation.  There are sometimes things we sacrifice that truly do make our life more pleasant, more meaningful, more full.

So, why would God ask us to give up something that is beneficial to us.  Well, I don’t know all the answers, but at least one is to test us.  To prove us.  To find out what our commitment truly is.  Is our commitment to ourselves and what we want, or is it to God, and what He wants?

Finally, sometimes God gives back to us what we gave up.  Not always, but it does happen.  It happened for Abraham, Solomon, David, and others.  They gave up something and God gave it back to them.  But, the very fact they were willing to give something up for God did something for them and their relationship with God.

What is God asking you to sacrifice, or give up?  Will you trust Him to keep that which you’ve committed to Him?  When you sacrifice something to God you should lift it up to God and let Him take it.  If God thinks you’ve done well, and at the proper time, and if it is beneficial to you, He may give it back to you again.

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One Response to “The True Measure of Sacrifice”

  1. John O. Says:

    Excellent, Chuck! Going to use this with my Sunday School class this week.

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