A solemn expression, lade with images of broken hearts and troubled minds. A message on the cross, accompanied by grief and darkness; yet defeated, giving way to joyful songs and divine light.
A message often misunderstood, dismissed as foolishness to those who are perishing; but accepted as the power of God to those who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18); the provision of new manna for the believer, the new bread of life and cup of victory.
Borne of selflessness, love, and redemption; a divine act purposed for deliverance; the promise and fulfillment of a new day, uplifted hearts and minds.
So too must our sacrifices complement the work that was finished on the cross. Let our prayerful approach to contributing to the body of Christ cause our hearts to dance.
Rejoice in the gift of returning a portion of our blessings to the Provider; the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
In sacrificing, we deny ourselves for greater works of God’s glory. We deny ourselves so that we may glorify Christ. In sacrifice we find love; the love of God who gave his only Son; The love of a Shepherd who laid down his life for his flock; He who said “give and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38).
Is our sacrifice too great for Christ, who said, “ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you”? (Matthew 7:7).
Is my sacrifice only for self or for the good works of His Kingdom? What am I sacrificing that hasn’t been given to me?