Joy in Sacrifice

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What comes to mind when you think about the, “Abundant Life?”  Likely the first thing that comes to mind is not self sacrifice.  However, when the Bible speaks of finding new life in Christ it is in tandem with losing life.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to give us an abundant life. In Matthew 16:25 Jesus said, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Putting the two verses together we realize that the abundant life that God desires for us is actually found in sacrifice.
The world puts on display all of the passions and pleasures, self-indulgence, and idols then proudly proclaims, “Enjoy! This is life!” The gospel puts on display Christ crucified upon a cross, dying a substitutionary death in our place, and rising again to new life. It encourages us to reject the world and its pleasures, to give ourselves to the sacrificial service of others and of Him and proudly proclaims, “Enjoy! This is life!” In Matthew 16:25 Jesus said, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

The Christian life requires sacrifice. It costs us something. If the Christian life does not cost you anything than you may have bought in to the lie that you can be a Christian with all of its promises and blessings without rejecting the world with all of its sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, greed, drunkenness, and cheating, self-indulgences, strife, hatred, and jealousy. If we want to experience the abundant life in the presence of the Lord it requires us to sacrifice our old way of selfishness and live a life of service to God and others. This is true living! The beautiful thing is we may find it is no sacrifice at all.

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