Sacrifice- A Reflection


     Reflection.  Sacrifice.  Christianity can be summed up in this very word.  Our heavenly Father sacrificed his only Son, so that we, who believe, may be free of sin.  We are not prisoners entombed in our Earthly bodies, no, like everything else in life, there can be a wonderful outcome.  We can be free of sin, of sorrow, of pain, of anxiety, if we believe in Him.  But in order to get there, we must sacrifice.  We must sacrifice our desires, our needs for wealth, for possessions.  We must willingly be able to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of His kingdom.

“<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”>Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and <sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”>you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will <sup class="footnote" style="vertical-align: top;" value="[a]”>[a]<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”>fall away and will <sup class="footnote" style="vertical-align: top;" value="[b]”>[b]betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many <sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”>false prophets will arise and will mislead many.12 Because lawlessness is increased, <sup class="footnote" style="vertical-align: top;" value="[c]”>[c]most people’s love will grow cold. 13 <sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”>But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This <sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”>gospel of the kingdom <sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”>shall be preached in the whole <sup class="footnote" style="vertical-align: top;" value="[d]”>[d]<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”>world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

This passage, spoken by Christ Himself, shows what we must do, in the name of our Father.  One could even take a closer look at this passage, and realize that He may not just be talking about a physical death, but rather a spiritual one as well.  Evil is constantly present in this world, constantly calling us to sin, to ourselves, to our Earthly lifestyle with its greed and possession.  The further we stray from Him, the more spiritually we are lost; and the further we go, the greater the chance of a spiritual death.  No path in life is easy, rather all have pitfalls, obstacles, and choices.  We must be willing to sacrifice, always thinking of others, rather than ourselves, always looking for the greatest outcome to bring us closer to His kingdom, closer to Our Lord.  The will that our Father has bestowed upon us at sometimes is a curse.  Not being selfish, not acting out in anger, not constantly wanting Earthly things are a huge burden. But the flip-side of this will that has been bestowed is one of sacrifice, one of joy, for without Christ in our lives, as we have come to realize, is a life not worth living.  Christ gave up His life, so that we may come to understand that life after death is not only real, put it is possible.  Being completely immersed in God’s love is above all greater than any possession or joy that we can obtain on this Earth.  Evil and the evil one constantly try to persuade you different, but through His death and His resurrection we know this all to be false.  We must sacrifice not only for ourselves, but for the good of others, so that all may come to understand the ultimate reward.  We can experience this ultimate and wonderful reward now, through our sacrifice, through our prayers, acts, and faith.  We can, and we must sacrifice, for He did this for us, as an example, as proof, that His love and His kingdom are eternal.  God Bless! ~ CJA

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