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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Positive Sacrifice by Don and Lisa Long

Positive Sacrifice

by Don and Lisa Long    

Romans 12:1:  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.   

Life’s opportunities for sacrifice are presented in different ways and are usually out of our control. Our employer needs a worker for an extra event. A friend cancels an outing and needs someone to just listen. A family member asks for financial assistance. Large and small, sacrifices are a frequent and necessary part of our existence.    

Our reaction is also perceived as out of our control but we frequently approach sacrifice with a negative attitude.  After all, sacrifice has a negative connotation and by definition means that we are giving up something. We are somehow instinctively designed to not like giving up anything.   

But can we learn more about sacrifice?  Can sacrifice be more than a burden?   

We struggled to meet our Catalyst goal and actually fell short, but in making the extra financial sacrifice, we reaffirmed our belief in God’s promise to pour out blessings without measure. We have been provided with all that we need and much more. Our involvement in the Music Ministry at Second Baptist has been enriched by Catalyst giving in the forms of great music to teach and perform.  And even though we could not go on a mission trip, our giving to the SEND Initiative has allowed us ownership in helping to send others.   

But beyond all this, we have become more positive about how we approach life’s sacrifices. God has a plan for us. The opportunities His hand presents can be a joy and an opportunity to do His work.  Sacrifice, in all its different forms, is an ancient and sacred instrument for focusing on our eternal Father.

How can you change your mindset from “sacrifice is a burden” to “sacrifice is a privilege?”
Posted by Terri Soper at 12:00 AM
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