“We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. 2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” – Romans 15:1-2.
We have been talking about Biblical heroes the last few weeks. We have been looking at what they went through and what they had to give up. What would possess a person to stand up like that? The answer is – faith. They had a tremendous faith in God. They had a tremendous love for God. They were heroes in the true sense of the Word.
I believe God is still using heroes today. I believe some of those heroes are you. And it all begins with sacrifice. Heroes make sacrifices. Moses gave up a comfortable life as a shepherd to lead a bunch of rebellious, grumpy people through the desert for forty years. Gideon left the safety of his hideout to face an army of 120,000 men with 300 men. Abraham left the home he grew up in to follow God to a new and strange place. Before God can use you – you have to sacrifice your will to do His. The very idea of a hero is to forget about self; surrender self; and ignore your desires for the good of others. God is calling you and me to be His heroes of today.
There is something about sacrifices that celebrates what’s best in mankind. And according to the Bible, God wants us to live like that. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) Jesus told that to His disciples. If you really want to love your friends, you have to lay down your life for them. Then Jesus did just that for us. We need to remember that the best sacrifices are those done as an act of love. We make sacrifices for ourselves all the time, but the best sacrifices are ones done as an expression of our love for others. God wants us to experience the richness of living sacrificially. So I want to challenge you to examine your life in the way you live sacrificially for God and others.
Now I not saying it’s easy to sacrifice. It’s hard to find enough time and resources to sacrifice. Sometimes we get angry when people don’t acknowledge all that we do or when we are not recognized for our efforts. Then we think to ourselves, “Why am I doing this?” We do this because sacrifice always brings life.
We are heroes when we obey God in working hard, loving our wife or husband or feeding our children. The world may look at these tasks as mundane and meaningless, but God sees them as honorable tasks because He told us to perform them and He is honored in our obedience.
- What is your first memory of witnessing a true act of self-sacrifice?
- What are some ways you avoid self-sacrifice?
- What can we do this week to make sacrifice a more practical part of our lives?