13th March 2015
‘We understand what love is when we realise that Christ gave his life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers.’ 1 John 3:16 (GW)
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to demonstrate His love for the world. Sacrifice means giving up ownership and control to serve someone else. True service is a rare thing in our world and in the Christian community, because it involves personal sacrifice.
The world says: If you want something, you have to earn it; once it’s yours, you have every right to keep it. However the Bible teaches us that everything belongs to God. Sacrifice is the deliberate decision to give up control and ownership to help someone else and glorify God. When we make a sacrifice, we are drawn closer to God and follow His example. Letting go of something that we ‘rightfully own’ acknowledges God as our most important priority.
Because you’re called to be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, you also need to make smaller sacrifices along the way. These could come in the form of time, money, possessions, reputation or status. I don’t know what God will call you to sacrifice next, but I can promise it will be tough because it will be something personal. You’ll know because whatever is keeping you from helping others is what ought to be sacrificed.
Question to Consider
What sacrifice can you make that will enrich the lives of many?
Pray that God will humble you and soften your heart as you continue to genuinely follow Him. And pray that whatever roadblocks you face on your journey of faith will become a clear indicator of what God requires of you.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.