October 01, 2017
The word “SACRIFICE” struck my mind unexpectedly as I drove through Odi-Olowo road Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. I was asked for a favour from one of the brothers in my church as I parked at the parking lot of our church. He requested to convey him and others to another church location in town. On my way back, the word “SACRIFICE” struck my mind repeatedly. I received more revelations as l drove back to the church.
Everything about life is SACRIFICE. From the foundation of the earth till when the earth will be no more is all about SACRIFICE! Sacrifice according to Microsoft Encarta 2009 is defined as giving up of something valued. That is giving up of something valuable or important for somebody or something else considered to be of more value or importance. The creation of heavens and the earth was a sacrifice on the part of God. God dedicated six (6) days to put everything in order. He called everything we can behold out of His sacrifices to mankind Genesis 1:1-23. From generation to generation we celebrate His sacrifices to mankind. The glory of Sun, Moon and Stars; the beauty of nature; wild-life; vegetation are the sacrifice on the part of God. The summer; winter; autumn and spring time are also part of God’s sacrifice. He created man in His image and put them in charge of other things He created Genesis 1:26-30. God made another sacrifice by showing Adam the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, which He commanded not to eat from and the consequence of what will happen if they eat it Genesis 2:16-17. It takes sacrifice to reveal hidden things to the person you love. Adam abused the privilege given to him in the Garden of Eden because of his carelessness. It took God the greatest sacrifice to send His only begotten Son to the world to reconnect the broken cord between God and mankind John 3:16-17. Jesus Christ made the greatest sacrifice to close up the gap between God and mankind. His blood was shed on the cross at Calvary for the redemption of our souls. What a sacrifice!
What is in your hand that you find extremely difficult to sacrifice for others to be fulfilled in life? What are you holding onto that you cannot part with? What is so dear to you that cannot give to others? Your talent; your skill; your money; your time; your life; your experience. Are they not given to you freely by God who freely gives all to us without holding back?
It is a call unto action! Be ready to sacrifice for your spouse to be happy in life. Be ready to sacrifice for your children to be fulfilled in their pursuits in life. Be available to sacrifice what you have for others to succeed in life. Be ready to put smile on someone’s face. Be available to sacrifice all. We are just a custodian of what we have and God is watching to what extend we can be like Him. Be ready to sacrifice all.
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