In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to God three times to make sure that there was no way to save us other than him dying on the cross. Just like any of us, He didn’t really want to suffer. Still, His 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 much and I’m not doing it.”
Instead, He offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, because without the shed blood of Jesus Christ, there would be no forgiveness of our sin, and there could be no cancellation of our sin debt. He wanted us that bad and He was willing to pay the ultimate price for us which was His life.
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 and most important sacrifice of all, or we may think about the everyday heroes that have sacrificed their lives for a loved one or a group of strangers.
We may consider the sacrifices we make while sustaining from food, comfort, and personal enjoyment when fasting and we might reflect on the sacrifices of our wonderful Military.
But there are also 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 asking too much for us to sacrifice the feeling of satisfaction we get from being right or from 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 can spend more time in God’s Word and in prayer, so that 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, such as Jesus’s death, something good always comes from a genuine sacrifice.
Whatever it is that you’re expecting from God, whether it’s owning a business, peace in your home, a closer walk with Him, or something else, ask yourself how bad do you want it? What are you willing to sacrifice and give up for it?
Might I suggest this to you: first seek God for guidance regarding things that could use a little “tweaking” 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