How many of you skim over the descriptions of animal sacrifices in the Bible? Why read focus too hard when according to Paul in Corinthians 5:7, … For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed? Because of Jesus Christ, there was to be no more need to sacrifice animals in order to please God. Jesus’ death accomplished that for us.
Yet, daily there are sacrifices made, we just don’t label them as such. And most don’t involve animals.
There are drive-by shootings by people who sacrifice others in the name of ego or “street” cred. Millions of unborn babies are forfeited each year so mom can continue to make unwise choices. And we surrender our bodies by eating unhealthy foods and not being active.
Okay, not exactly what was going on in Biblical times, but sacrifices in some way.
And the list goes on.
- Our planet: I think global warming has more to do with cutting down trees and replacing them with concrete than anything else. And don’t get me started on pollution and trash consumption;
- Our children: We work long hours just to make more money to buy things. In the end, half the stuff we pay for is to make our kids happy, when the fact is, they’d rather have our time than stuff;
- Our spouses: Adultery and divorce are rampant in this country, not just with non-Christians either. We flit from relationship to relationship hoping to be happy, not realizing that other people have nothing to do with our happiness, and each relationship takes work; and
- Our eternity: We live in ways that upsets God, and hope we have time to get things right, or that God isn’t real so we won’t have to worry.
All sacrifices in one way or another.
Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to. – Mitch Albom, author
Every day someone forfeits something. And the saddest sacrifice of all is how we reject Jesus Christ who died for us. He made the biggest sacrifice of all, and we turn our backs on him.
We need to put aside (sacrifice) our own sinful nature and give our lives to our one true King. That’s what being a believer is all about, giving up our way of life in order to fulfill our promise when we accepted Jesus Christ.
So what are you willing to put on that alter in order to prove your love for your Savior? He’d like nothing short of your life dedicated to him.
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