What do I know about sacrifice? I’m a proud American, I’m a rock, I’m an island, I feel no pain, I am free, I have my rights, I am independent, don’t tread on me, my choice, fix me now, I’m number one. I, me, my.
Seriously? How could it even be possible to consider self-sacrifice in this capitalistic society I am part of? As long as I am striving for more, doing the best I can every given moment, highly educated, working hard, houses, kids, vacations, savings, retirement, doing, doing, doing, I am probably considered successful in this culture.
How do I justify this with Romans 12:1: “I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” LIVING AND HOLY SACRIFICE, really?? Psalm 51:17: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” BROKEN SPIRIT? BROKEN HEART? Ouch! Isn’t this a bad thing in our society? “Lord, help me get my head around this, how do I get me out of the way? Grant me that broken and contrite heart, help me to live a life of self-sacrifice, holy, walking in love for Your honor and glory in all I do and say.”
I love You God. I trust You God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You God.