As Christians we need to understand the importance of sacrifice, because if we do not understand it, we will not never truly understand the Christian walk.
The Oxford Dictionaries meaning of sacrifice is “Giving up of something valued for sake of something else.”
Many people want things, but do not want the pay the price for those things, that is why we live in a society that on the most part, have a lottery mentality. However as Christians we need to be separate from the world in our actions, as well as in our thinking.
God showed he love for us in that he sacrificed something of value
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
This is the foundation of our Christianity and is based around love.
When we look back at the beginning, when man first fell in the garden and tried to cover up their sin, we see God, out of love, making atonement for them by sacrificing something of value
Gen 3:21 Yahweh God made coats of skins for Adam and for his wife, and clothed them.
Skins to cover them and the blood of the innocent animal to atone for their sin.
Later on we read about two brothers giving an offering to God, one being accepted and the other being rejected. One brother understanding the importance of sacrifice and other thinking his way was good enough. (Cain and Abel you can read about that in Genesis 4)
We see God establishing a sacrificial system with his chosen people the Jews in order the teach them to importance of sacrifice but to also lead them to understand about the ultimate sacrifice that he was going to make. Many Jews to this date still do not understand about that, so they are still under the school master of the Mosaic Law, but they will understand and once the church has been raptured, it will be the Jews that will be spear heading the gospel.
David is a good example of someone understanding the importance of sacrifice and he demonstrated it here:
2Sa 24:23 All these Araunah, like a king, gave to the king. And Araunah said to the king, May Jehovah your God accept you.
2Sa 24:24 And the king said to Araunah, No, but I will surely buy from you at a price. And I will not offer burnt offerings to Jehovah my God of that which costs me nothing. And David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
2Sa 24:25 And David built there an altar to Jehovah, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And Jehovah was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.
We are to present our bodies as living sacrifices
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every one who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. But set your mind to be right-minded, even as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Rom 12:4 For even as we have many members in one body, and all members do not have the same function,
Rom 12:5 so we the many are one body in Christ, and each one members of one another.
This means there are going to be areas of our lives that, before we became Christians we placed a high value on, that when we become Christians, we need to sacrifice or give up. Certain attitudes, language, actions and mindsets.
For the most part we were in the world (i.e. The worldly system), for a long time before we got saved, so there is a lot of things in our souls that need to be renewed and our souls are made up of The Mind of our Intellect, The Mind of our Emotions and The Mind of our Wills.
If we are not willing the sacrifice these things we will not truly be walking the Christian walk.
This was Jesus speaking the Father concerning us.
Joh 17:13 And now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world that they might have My joy fulfilled in them.
Joh 17:14 I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:15 I do not pray for You to take them out of the world, but for You to keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through Your truth. Your Word is truth.
Success is not an accident, most successful people if you look back at their lives, they had to make a lot of sacrifices along the way. These are the people that do the things that the other people just could be bothered to do. These are the people that were studying, when all of their friends were partying. These are the people were learning new skills whilst working, where as everyone else were just doing their 9 to 5 and happy to get their check at the end of the month.
In Reliv successful people are the people that plug into every element of the Reliv System.
These are the people that are persistent in their prospecting.
These are the people who are dedicated to their business.
These are the people who are sacrificing value time with their families, so they can more time with them later.
These are the people who are not making excuses
These are the people who are teachable because they know that is the only way they will ever truly learn.
This are the people with Vision because they know that without it they WILL perish!
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