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Sacrifice... Loosing something precious from us

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
[Romans 12:1]

Sacrifice is to loose something that we keep as one of our precious possessions  and no one will ever think of loosing any such ever in life. We keep such thing in the most safest place to keep it away from others who may steal it or destroy it. How do you feel when some one asks for such a possession to be given out. One example is, in our current world we keep money as the most precious possession and we tend to spend that only for us, and when someone comes asking for money we come up with all possible excuses and avoid giving it out. Sacrifice is not just giving out for the sake of giving or to show others, it beneficial if this is our wish from the inmost place in us and with the hope and prayer that it might be useful for others, and over all that should be with the love that you have for others who is going to receive it. 

There are two well known stories in the Bible which talks about sacrifice, first one of that is mentioned in the Old Testament and the other is the base of the entire New Testament. Both these characters are well know to everyone, even to those who would not have read Bible. These are Abraham and Lord Jesus Christ. Both of them are know for the sacrifice they had done which was based on obedience and faith they had on God the Father.

To give a quick review about their lives let me explain what they had to sacrifice and what happened in the end as part of the obedience towards the instruction from God the Father. Abraham in his old age at the year of 100, got the blessing from God and his wife Sarah delivered a baby boy named Issac. Abraham was very happy and loved his child very much. Some times later God wanted to test Abraham and asked him to sacrifice his only son Issac as a burnt offering on one of the mountains. Abraham was very sad, but he obeyed what God said and prepared to sacrifice his son. When God saw that he is obedient to the extent even to sacrifice his precious possession, God was happy and in response gave the following message which is mentioned in Genesis 22:16-18, as reward for his obedience to sacrifice.

"I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring [Or seed] all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."

Next individual we can see is Lord Jesus Christ, who is no other than son of our Father God. He was lord of all with God in heaven, but as Father God saw that people were not turning back from their sinful life, he had to get his son to this world, live among them and then died for all of us, to save us from the punishment that we had to face because of our sins. During his stay here Jesus Christ just followed what his Father said, and finally he sacrificed his life as his Father wanted. Now we have a option for salvation and eternal life. 

Let me ask you all... Who will ever sacrifice their sons for others, but our God is different.. He loved us and wanted us all to be saved. The sacrifice that was made almost 2000 years ago, gave us a way to salvation. All that we need to do get this eternal life is to believe that Lord Jesus is son of God, and that he came and died and rose up after 3 days, and is our living Lord and Savior.

We are also supposed to be a testimony by presenting our life, thoughts and response as a living sacrifice as acceptable to God. As Abraham and Jesus obeyed, followed and gave sacrifices and finally became a blessing for others, let us all start following these examples and make our life also a blessing for others.

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
[Matthew 10:39]

Lord is Grace...

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