It Isn’t A Sacrifice If You Can’t Feel It.
For the first time, this blog was written by our own Pastor R. Shawn Edmonds:
If you know me, you know that one of my favorite preachers is Bishop T.D. Jakes. He recently preached a sermon and said something that spoke volumes to me concerning sacrifice. He said, “it isn’t a sacrifice if you can’t feel it.” That one line hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized something at that moment – if my sacrifice isn’t something I can feel, meaning it isn’t something that stretches my faith, challenges my comfort zone, or forces me to desert the familiar, can I truly call it a sacrifice?
I realized that there was another level of sacrifice that I needed to grow to. The quote above put it into proper perspective for me, it reads ” nothing great was ever accomplished without making sacrifices.” There’s only one way to respond to this quote and that is AMEN!!! LOL!
If we expect anything to be successful we have to be prepared to sacrifice for it. Whether it’s marriage, family, friendship, business, ministry, educational pursuit, even becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ – they all require sacrifice to be successful.
Discipleship requires us to sacrifice. To give up our way of living to live as Christ commands. When describing the cost of discipleship, Jesus said: “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) Jesus’ expectations of his disciples were one built upon principles of sacrifice.
This week, we’re focusing on learning how to sacrifice. Our success as a disciple of Jesus Christ is dependent upon it. One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 12:1:
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Romans points out several important things about sacrifice:
It is the only response to our God who sacrificed his Son for us.
It is the only acceptable way to live for God.
It is the proper way to worship Him.
It is my prayer that these truths about sacrifice lead us to become better disciples of Christ that are stretched in our servitude, generosity, and love.
I ask that the Holy Spirit helps you identify the areas where you can sacrifice and then follow His lead. Listed below you’ll find our scripture and prayer focuses for this week. I am excited about the opportunity to offer up more to our God in obedience to His command to live sacrificially for Him.
(P.S. – Remember to join us for prayer Mon-Sat @5AM on facebook live @capacityphilly the rest of the month on May)
I got faith,