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Sacrificial Living

Updated on August 25, 2009

Romans 12:1

I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? John 3:17

Jesus paid the ultimate price for all men -- not just certain ones, thus his life and mission impacted the world then, and its influence is still vital today, many centuries later. Various times, he could have seized upon the opportunity afforded to him because of his fame and noteriety to live the good life, but instead, remained true to his calling and purpose, often at the expense of the most basic of creature comforts most of us take for granted today. In essence, he put the will of his Father and the needs of the common man before his own.

We who bear the name of Christ would do well by following his example; by placing the needs and comfort of others before our own, without looking to be recompensed, or having any "strings attached".

To live a sacrificial life is to offer oneself in service to God, your brethren, and the world at large, in that order. The needs of your Christian relatives suoercede that of the world, and takes top priority, although Christian service is to be extended to all men.

This exemplary life entails that one come out of the comfort zone, necessitates the giving of his time and resources for the enrichment of someone else's life.

We live in a self-centered society where many are concerned about his own needs, and care little -- if at all about the needs of his fellow man. It's a wonder that in this country -- the richest in the world, tolerates its people losing their jobs, homes, forching some to live in the most wretched of human condition, while those with the means are unwilling to help, focusing their priority in maintaining their excessive lifestyle. There are some that have performed selfless acts or charity, but these acts should be the rule, not the exception, especially among the Christian Brotherhood.

Jesus gave us the blueprint for living the sacrificial life, which may at times, be painful for those who endeavor to take up the challenge. We as Christians, must keep in mind the sacrifice our Lord made -- for we who accept him, and the entire world, because what he went through from the Manger to the Cross, makes what some of us go through during the difficult times in our life pale immensely by comparison -- and he did it for a people that cared nothing for him, (see John 1:11)

There were no strings attached. Thank God for His Son! Now its up to us to live by his example -- to walk the walk, instead of talking the talk. We are the light of the world. We are to show the world the love of Christ, and we can only do this by actions, not words.


Unto the King Eternal, Immortal, the Only Wise God.

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      Akerele Peter 

      6 years ago

      "This exemplary life entails that one must come out of the comfort zone, necssitates the giving of his time and resources for the enrichment of someone else's life."

      Christ Jesus has called us to scrifice life, and if we must do that, we must deny ourselves of mundane pleasures; take our cross and follow him. We must ready to serve the 'body of Christ' without expecting any earthly reward. Holy Spirit will enable us. Amen.

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