Unless you've been under a rock, you are probably aware that it is "Easter" season. In the Christian community, many of us refer to it as Resurrection Sunday because it depicts a more accurate portrayal of Jesus' sacrifice. I'm not here to convince you to become a follower of Jesus Christ (at least not in this blog). I am only a messenger sent to spread information that I am finding purposeful for those believers and those in believer seeking status.
Assuming you know the story and have heard the scripture from John 3:16-17 "16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (NKJV). To which we find much peace and comfort in knowing that God would love us so much and have such high regard for His creations that He would orchestrate a plan to sacrifice His only son for our sins. I can't think of a sacrifice greater or anyone else who would step up to the plate to do this. Can you?
Preaching part aside, let's talk today's time. Parents make sacrifices everyday for their kids. Sometimes it is not eating so your kids can, not sleeping b/c you're worrying, not buying new clothes so your kids can have shoes, or not paying a bill so your kids can have what they need. Sacrifices come in many forms. While not all are related to material possessions, they are all related to love.
Love is a powerful tool that forces us (or so it seems) to look past ourselves and focus more on the needs of others. What if I don't have kids? We still make sacrifices everyday. We sacrifice time, money, energy, words, positions, futures, etc. Regardless of your situation, you've made a sacrifice in some way that has affected someone else (good or bad). The sacrifice isn't always what's most important, but the genuineness behind it is. I could sacrifice my time by feeding the hungry, but if my heart is not in it, what good will I do? Sure people will be fed, but I won't appreciate the experience nor will they receive the message that someone does care about me.
We may not always be aware that a sacrifice is taking place until after it has happened. That's why it is important to continuously thank God for the opportunity to share and give each day. Thank God for His sacrifice and ask that it be at the forefront of your mind all the time. My purpose is not to save the world like Christ, but to be Christ-like in my compassion, respect, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness towards others.
As a mom, I sacrifice a lot everyday. My "props" are always given. While I wish they were given fairly consistently, I still keep sacrificing because I don't do it for show, I do it from the heart.
Hebrews 13:15-16:"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."
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