Scriptural Readings: Matthew 6:33 ; John 3:16
Time and again we've failed and fallen into a wrong way of sacrifice. We might have taken the right path but along the way only to find out that we have to stop because we had the wrong choice.
Sometimes it is a gray area when we Christians try to understand what sacrifice really means. Most of the time we have based our conclusion on what we believe is God's will and sometimes we came up with something and only at the end it isn't reliable(most of the time). Again the question is always how to know God's will.
Why do we seek His kingdom?
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We get lost. We are always in need and this is why we have to seek the kingdom of God and if this becomes an attitude, we'll be having blessings. Our prayers will be granted because it is His will we are asking and looking for and not of our own. This is the big change we are after for.
When we accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts and lives. We start a new life. A sacrificial life. A continuing life of denying ourselves all for the glorification of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We have attached a lot of meanings into this word entering into a gray area. There were times it wasn't clear why we sacrificed something or we sacrificed something leaving us regretful.
The thing that's always clear is that God has always something for us to accomplish for Him. God wants us to know His will. Our spirits should always be open to receive God's instructions which would then cooperate with our minds and ready for our bodies to accomplish and eventually sacrificing our lives for Him.
Jesus Christ sacrificed His Life for only one cause and reason and that is saving not only for a few or for some but redemption for everyone.
The line that divides on what we think and do is the cross of Jesus Christ. Once we exhaust our efforts that does not elevate the finished work of the shedding of the precious blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary is with no sense.
16 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.
There are many ways to express love. The word love in Greek has a lot of meaning. Phileo meaning a brotherly and friendship love. Storge is a kind of love that expresses and relates to natural, familial love such as the love between a parent and child. Eros is a kind of love that expresses and relates to natural urge for procreative urges and finally AGAPE a sacrificial kind of love. This is God's love putting one's life behind God making Him above everything.
The life of our Lord Jesus Christ was purely a sacrificed life. From the place He was born until the time He died are places that no one would never even dream about.
It's now therefore clear that our contentment lies before God. All our actions are dependent on what God will instruct us. We have to crave for His kingdom and start having a sacrificial agape kind of love. This is why it's….sacrifice.