Sacrifice? Not many people want to talk about this subject. Yet, where would we be without sacrifices?
The definition of sacrifice is an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy. As we write this blog, the world is plagued by COVID-19, a pandemic that has infected over a million people worldwide and killed over 60,000. Doctors and nurses are busily sacrificing their own health to save lives while the rest of us are sheltering in place to save ourselves. First responders and our military are busily making sure that we are safe. They are all giving themselves for the sake of something bigger, us. Thank you.
God sacrificed his only son, Jesus, so that we could be saved. As Jesus hung on the cross, he said “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Jesus died so that we could have eternal life. He gave himself for the sake of something bigger, us.
First Comes the Sacrifice is a double entendre. To have eternal life, one must put Jesus first, and to be successful, one must first sacrifice time and effort for the sake of something bigger.
Often, people who are working their way through school while maintaining a job understand that going to school is a sacrifice of time and effort in the hope that they will have a better life. That better life means providing for a family – doing what is necessary so that others will benefit. Let’s all take a moment to consider these sacrifices and express our gratitude, because the thought of where we would be without them is unimaginable.
Eli Jones and Jase Powell