What would you sacrifice for your child? How about a family member? How about a friend?
We all know that Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect life, was crucified and died on the cross for our sins. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for us.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Let us begin by defining word sacrifice. Online describes sacrifice as an offer or to kill for religious purposes; or the act of slaughtering an animal or surrendering a procession as an offering to God or to a divine or supernatural person. Earlier this week, in our midweek Bible study, we learned about the sacrifice that Abraham was going to make by offering his son Isaac as an offering to God.
So again, I asked the same question-what would you sacrifice for a child, family member, or a friend?
But when it comes to biblical sacrifice such as the story of Abraham and Isaac, there cannot be a different opinion because God only sees one definition of sacrifice. There is no what you see is different from what he sees when it comes to biblical sacrifice.
If we are to live a biblical life in the eyes of the Lord, there must be some sacrifices made for that to happen. What do you need to sacrifice to live a biblical life in the eyes of the Lord?
No one can force you to give something that rightfully belongs to you to someone else. Your time is rightfully your time. So, no one can force you to go to church, you must want to do that yourself.
So, a sacrifice must be something you are willing to do freely without coercion, without being forced to do so. You must want to sacrifice the item in question. A mother may sacrifice her vacation fund to get her son out of jail. The mother will do this because she loves her son.
Telling your child that he must go to Sunday school this morning or he will lose all TV rights is not a sacrifice. The child must want to go to Sunday school this morning on his own free will.
2 Samuel 24:24
And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So, David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
A sacrifice may be freely given, but it’s not a genuine sacrifice if it doesn’t mean anything to us. When we feel the pain of our sacrifice—we know that we are really giving up something important. As we grow in our faith, we give our sacrifices to God more freely because we understand His greater sacrifice that allows us to know His grace.
No Strings Attached
There can not be any conditions whatsoever with the sacrifice. I will give up my lunch hour to help you, but you must buy me dinner is not a sacrifice.
The book of Mark tells us a parable about Jesus watching the people putting money into the treasury. The story goes on to tell us about a widow who was poor who deposited two coins which is all she had. Jesus tells his disciples that although the rich put in money dollars, poor widow put in everything she had and that was her sacrifice and was done so of her own free will.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
It represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active and thoughtful love.
What’s the Price?
How many times have you asked somebody to do something and the response is what’s in it for me? It seems that today’s world is all about me, what can I get, or what money can I gain. As my pastor would say, it is not about you.
What did the last sacrifice you made cost you? I once read a news story were young 11-year-old boy had been selling lemonade all summer long so that he could afford to go to Disneyland. However, he took dollars savings from the lemonade stand and donated it to a family in need. The young man made a sacrifice somebody else and the cost was his trip to Disneyland.
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
The sacrifice of Jesus covered the sins of all people once and forever. When we put our trust in Jesus, His blood shed covers us so that we don’t have to pay the penalty for our sins—not that we ever could.
We have all made sacrifices in our life at some point in time. However, our Jesus Christ made the biggest sacrifice for us by paying for our sins dying on the cross. Was this complimentary?
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
What strings were attached with His sacrifice?
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Finally, what price was attached to Jesus sacrifice?
1 Corinthians 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
So, tell me, what sacrifice are you going to make to our Lord Jesus today?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.