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Sacrificially Serve - Tuesday


Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2012

Romans 12:1-2, NIV1984

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

Have you ever had someone love you so much or loved someone so much that a head-shake is given to the silly things they do? You know what I’m talking about?   Shake-my-head love.  When a friend or loved one does something unwise and, instead of dismissing them from relationship, you or they just shake the head and perhaps give a proverbial Bless their heart?

Sacrifice is the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable, for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.  When it comes to our families, we are designed to surrender ourselves, or destroy our own wants and needs for those of someone else.   In scripture, the phrase living sacrifice is used to help us understand the sacrifice is not a one-time thing.   Unlike an animal, we are not sacrificed once-and-for-all.  Instead, we live.  We live to sacrifice ourselves again and again.  This is great love.   This is the kind of love God showed us by sending His Son to live on earth, be crucified, die, and be resurrected for us.   This is wondrous love.   He considered us greater than Himself and expects us to live sacrificially and consider others better than ourselves.  Even in those shake-our-head, bless-their-heart moments.

Each of us has the opportunity to obediently show this sort of sacrificial love to our family members – biologically, and within the household of faith.

  • When was the last time you showed, without expectation of reward, sacrificial love for family?
  • How might you show sacrificial love for family – biologically and inside the household of faith – today?

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