Posts Tagged ‘sacrifice’

Pray, start small, and then what? If you’ve been following the last few articles of the Pastor’s Corner, you’ll notice that I’ve been engaging in the what and how of missions. Asking, what are we to do, and how we are to do it, is a fruitful exercise only if we are willing to act upon the established conclusions.

The first conclusion is that we need to pray. Prayer is vital and necessary; God has given us this tool to commune with Him, boldly standing before him asking in His name. Prayer often functions as a last resort, however it should be the starting point. It is the place where for admission that we can do nothing apart from His mercy and grace.

The second conclusion is that we need to start small. Again, it isn’t the intuitive place, yet if one cannot ride a bicycle, then what is the point of starting on a motor cycle? Start little and think big, while letting God work as He pleases.

Character traits series - SACRIFICE

Giving up something good, for something better!

The third conclusion is the need to sacrifice. Now this is nebulous, its kind of like a coach that points out the obvious without a shred of instruction upon how to improve. Sacrifice means that we are going to give up good things now, for the best things later. Giving up what we want for what is far better.

The challenge is that we don’t like to sacrifice. You my be saying, ‘Who is we? Do you have a mouse in your pocket?’ No, I don’t have a mouse in my pocket, but human nature despises sacrifice, unless it has been changed by God. So it can be stated in an unqualified manner, we want our cake and eat it too. The problem is that once you eat your cake you will not have it any more. But human nature wants to eat cake and still have cake for later. We don’t want to give up what we find awesomely satisfying, and we want a never ending supply. We believe the lie of the world to some degree, that happiness is in what can be seen with our eyes, even though we see them fading, decaying, and falling away.

Sacrifice is a distinct part of missions. Giving up what we cannot keep to obtain what we cannot see.  Pray, start small, give up a little, and then a little more, until we’ve given it all away for the sake of the kingdom of God and the glory of His name.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Matthew 16:26