Are we willing to give up our rights? “I never made a
Rom 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore brethren, by the sacrifice. We ought not to talk of sacrifice when we
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living remember the great sacrifice that he made who left his
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your Father's throne on high to give himself for us.” (David
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world but Livingstone)
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Some say they are willing to die for Christ, but they aren’t
will of God." prepared to sacrifice a car park so that an older person can
park closer to the door. Not willing to sacrifice their
Sacrifice means giving an offering. Discomfort Means Enduring...
Surrendering something of value. Torture
It costs something. Pain
We are called to a life of sacrifice... To sacrifice...
Sacrifice means doing what doesn’t come easy. Doing...
Our self What costs.
Our life What hurts.
What goes against the grain.
The best opportunity to sacrifice is when it is a burden.
1. DISCOMFORT When it is inconvenient.
We today are relatively comfortable Christians living an easy, Uncomfortable.
comfortable Christianity, sitting in comfy seats in cosy,
comfortable, air conditioned buildings.
In some countries the services are several hours long. The
building is a tin shed, a grass hut, if that. The heat is
sweltering, the insects annoying. People sit on hard and
uncomfortable wooden benches, or on a dirt floor.
The Lord Jesus was our sacrifice for sin. Look at the discomfort
of Calvary. Of the stripes on His back, the nails in His hands.
His sacrifice cost Him His life, His comforts, His position, His
2. DEDICATION calmly singing hymns of praise as the lions charged.
During the Crusades and the Inquisition, many of our
As someone has put it, too often the problem with living spiritual forefathers also gave their all for their beliefs.
sacrifices is that they have a habit of crawling off the altar at
the last second, just when they are needed!
Being a sacrifice. It means...
It is a sacrifice to defeat temptations of all kinds, when our Dedication – it means:
nature cries out for instant gratification, be it for drink, illicit Set apart
sex, materialism, too much food, "saving face," gossip, etc. Special
Paul says in Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Godliness
Christ: it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me: and Christlikeness
the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son
of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Dedication costs something. “For anything worth having one
2Co 11:23-28 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience,
more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons love, self-sacrifice-no paper currency, no promises to pay, but
more frequent, in deaths oft. (24) Of the Jews five times received I the gold of real service.” (John Burroughs)
forty stripes save one. (25) Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I
stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in Our lives ought to be given over fully in consecration.
the deep; (26) In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of Our purpose: to bless and honour and exalt Him.
robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen,
The purpose of His church: to praise and lift up Him.
in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in
perils among false brethren; (27) In weariness and painfulness, in The purpose of the music, to glorify and worship Him.
watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and The purpose of each day, to live and walk in a way pleasing to
nakedness. (28) Beside those things that are without, that which Him.
cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
Dedication. Being sold out, committed, responsible, loyal,
Do we willingly sacrifice ourselves, our wants, desires and faithful, resolved. A sacrifice is given over completely. No will
needs, our sleep, for others and the things of God? or desire of its own. Our life’s purpose is to honour and serve
Him, not our own selfish ways.
Give yourself totally to God.
"They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being When we come to the end of life, the question will be, "How
destitute, afflicted, tormented" (Hebrews 11:37). It was much have you given?" not "How much have you gotten?"
dangerous to claim to be a true follower of Christ for most of
the last two thousand years. In the apostles’ day, our How much have you given? Have you given your life truly
brethren were crucified alive and their bodies used as over into His hands? Into the Hands of the crucified one. The
human torches for Nero’s garden parties! Historians recount one who was the sacrifice for you?
how lions tore Christians apart while a perverted Roman
crowd cheered. Some accounts describe our brethren as
3. DEVOTION It’s about an alive faith. Activated faith.
As Christians, we are called to give ourselves totally to God,
seeing our lives as worship offered to Him. Total Commitment
We’re making a total commitment to the One to whom we are
The average Christian, in my experience, finds it hard to presenting ourselves. Its total commitment.
“sacrifice” his Sunday morning sleep in. To sacrifice his
television program. To give more than a token amount of time Devotion means:
and effort. Love
We are offerings to God. This is who we are before God. “We Closer walk
are that offering presented before the altar to be a blessing to Giving – costly giving
God... There is nothing glamorous or eye-catching about a Go the second mile
sacrifice. The focus is not on them. The focus is on the One to Take the lowest place
whom they are being sacrificed.
This is the Bible view, the God-centred view of who we are. “We Discomfort
do not exist for ourselves or for the people around us, not even Dedication
our family. We are offerings who exist for God and His pleasure. Devotion...
We are sacrificial offerings presented to God. We belong to Him Lastly... A sacrifice - Being a Living Sacrifice - means...
for His use and His enjoyment. We may DO many of things, but
that is not WHO we are. We are offerings to God.”
Will our lives emit the pleasing aroma of obedience to God or Living for the Saviour means Dying to the “Self”... It means
will our lives give off the rotten stench of sinful disobedience? that our ego is dead. We are Dying daily...
God calls us here to be “holy sacrifices, well pleasing to God.”
We exist for HIM and HIS pleasure. We have been created for
Someone else. John 17:2 tells us that we are a gift from God To man’s attacks
the Father to God the Son. The Father has chosen for his Son a To carnality
bride and that is us. Our existence is not about US - we don’t Do what is hard for the flesh to do.
exist for ourselves. Humanity was created by God to exist for
Him. We will either serve God or Satan, but we must serve CT Studd: “If Jesus Christ is God and died for me, then no
someone outside ourselves. sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.”
Our lives exist for Him. We are called to be living sacrifices. Daily living as sacrifices
Life without God is not life. to God.
“Robert Coleman tells the story of a little boy whose sister
needed a blood transfusion. The doctor had explained that she “According to a Gallup Poll which was conducted several
had the same disease the boy had recovered from two years years ago, Gallup discovered that only 10 per cent of
earlier. Her only chance for recovery was a transfusion from American church members were active in any kind of ministry
someone who had previously conquered the disease. Since the and that 50 percent had no interest in serving in any ministry.
two children had the same rare blood type, the boy was the About 50 percent or half of the people are going to be content
ideal donor. to remain spectators. On a positive note, Gallup also found 40
"Would you give your blood to Mary?" the doctor asked. percent of all members have expressed an interest in ministry,
Johnny hesitated. His lower lip started to tremble. Then he but have never been asked, or they don’t know how. There is
smiled and said, "Sure, for my sister." an untapped gold mine, just waiting to be mined.”
Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room--
Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and healthy. Neither spoke, I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God,
but when their met, Johnny grinned. As the nurse inserted the that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
needle into his arm, Johnny's smile faded. He watched the acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
blood flow through the tube.
With the ordeal almost over, his voice slightly shaky, broke Make your life an offering.
the silence. "Doctor, when do I die?" Only then did the doctor Yield it into His hands.
realize why Johnny had hesitated, why his lip had trembled
when he'd agreed to donate his blood. He'd thought giving his
blood to his sister meant giving up his life. In that brief moment,
he'd made his great decision.
Johnny, fortunately, didn't have to die to save his sister. Each
of us however, has a condition more serious than Mary's, and it
required Jesus to give not just his blood, but his life.”
There is a big difference between a contribution and total
commitment... A chicken and a hog were walking past a church
building one day when they noticed the Sunday morning
sermon posted on the outside bulletin board, "Helping the
Poor." They walked for a while, when the chicken suddenly
came across with a suggestion. "Say, Brother Hog, why don't
we give all the poor people a nice breakfast of ham and eggs?"
The hog thought a moment and replied, "That's all right for you
to say because for you it is only a contribution, but for me, it's
total commitment!" What is the level of our commitment to
Christ? Is it just involvement – or total commitment?