In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to God three times, requesting a release from the suffering which awaited Him. Still, these prayers all ended with an affirmation that He was ready and willing to do God’s will. (Matthew 26:39-44)
Had He not really wanted to save us, He may have said, “you know what, never-mind. This is too hard, and I’m not doing all of that.”
Instead, He offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, because without the shed blood of Jesus Christ, there could be no forgiveness of our sin. He wanted us that bad, and this was the only way.
I think that when we hear the word “sacrifice,” many of us automatically think of something major, such as Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, which is indeed, the single most important sacrifice of all.
We may think about stories of heroes, that sacrificed his or her life for a family member, the sacrifices of our wonderful Military, or how we’re called to be a “living” sacrifice.
We may also think of the sacrifices we make, in sustaining from food, comfort and personal enjoyment when fasting.
But there are also the more subtle opportunities to sacrifice as well, which can greatly benefit us.
For example, if we have a dream of one-day owning a business, would it be unreasonable to say that we should cut back on the fine dining and luxury spending, so that we can put up a little start-up money each month?
Would it be too much for us to sacrifice the satisfaction of being right or getting the last word, in order to have peace?
Or is it out of order to say that we should sacrifice a little fun and enjoyment, so that we may engage in God’s Word and prayer more often, so we can grow closer to Him?
I believe that the things that we really want and care about the most, are the things that we are willing to make the greatest sacrifices for.
Although sometimes tragic on one end, something good always comes from a genuine sacrifice.
Whatever it is that you are expecting from God, whether it’s owning a business, peace in your home, a closer walk with Him, or something else, how bad do you want it? What are you willing to sacrifice and give up for it?
May I suggest to you, to first seek God for guidance regarding things that could use a little shifting around in your life, then ask Him for the strength, courage and the wisdom to get things going.
In our flesh, giving up certain things, to make room for better, may seem impossible, however with God, all things are possible.
“The most important decision about your goals is not what you’re willing to do to achieve them, but what you are willing to give up.” – Dave Ramsey