The Greatness of Sacrifice
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” ~Luke 21:1–4
Every adventure, every journey starts with a cost. We are often choosing to leave something, or even someone behind. Sometimes the adventure begins to pursue a job opportunity or medical cure. Sometimes we just know it’s time for a change. But somewhere in the calculation looms the question “What will this cost me? What will I have to sacrifice?” This can be a difficult question, it can even be the one that holds us back.
As Kingdom Men we shouldn’t fear sacrifice. Sacrifice is the very foundation of our faith. Christ gave His life so that we might live in restored communion with the Father. Sacrifice is a privilege and centered a the the heart of living as a Kingdom Man.
Every day society tells us to live as if I am the only one that matters. You guys remember the old advertisement “Have it Your Way”. We’re discipled to believe that this moment is the only moment that matters (“Just Do it” and “FOMO”). That mindset is destined for disaster. We see this all time. If two people behave as if they are both most important they are headed directly for conflict and frustration.
As Kingdom Men we are called to a higher plane. In God’s economy sacrifice is what defines greatness and strength. Sacrifice is about more than just putting other first or giving our money to a cause. Sacrifice includes our ambition, our hopes and dreams too. We are to sacrifice everything for Him. What’s everything you ask? Fortunately you don’t need a Ph.d in Greek or Hebrew to understand. Everything is everything. Remember the widow in Luke 21, though her gift appeared small in the eyes of onlookers, Jesus said “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.” What about the boy who gave his lunch to the disciples, with that sacrifice the Lord fed over 5000 men, women and children (with twelve baskets left over).
Today’s Training: What are you struggling to sacrifice to the Lord? What are you holding back? Imagine if that young boy had withheld his lunch, his family may have eaten and that would have been good for them, that day. But he gave, he gave his entire lunch and the masses were blessed. You may think what you have is small, and in your hands your are right, maybe you might be able to take care of you today. But in God’s hands your gift is greater than you can possibly imagine, so just give and watch your sacrifice reach its full greatness.