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Sacrifice

  • Matthew 10:37-39 (NIV) 37 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 

 

One of the decisions that Jesus demands of us daily is that our highest priority would be loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  We are to love Him above everything and everyone else, making the decision to please Him even if it comes at great “perceived” personal sacrifice.  He uses the phrase “taking up the cross” which does not mean wearing cross jewelry or having a sticker on our car.  It means choosing to die to my desires when they are in conflict to God’s.  It means putting His commands and calling before ours.  Too often what we are guilty of is getting our stuff done first and then fitting God in.  It is only after we have decided on job, possessions, entertainment etc. that we say, “And what should I “do” for my God requirement?”

Jesus presents us with two alternatives - spare your life or sacrifice your life.  There is really no middle ground.  If we protect our own interests and desires, in the end we will be losers.  BUT if we die to self and live for His interests we will be winners.  Don’t give in to the age old trick of the enemy who tells us that we must seek first our interests because we are the masters of our destiny, choose to believe God who says that if we seek Him first and His ways the He will give us all that we will need and more.

And one final note…

Let this all be driven by love.  Our love for God is the motivation for our obedience and giving Him the highest priority of our lives.

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