Without a doubt in my mind it is! Recently, some of Reach’s artists sacrificed their time and rest in order to do a second, unplanned, concert because 1,200 people would have been turned away from the first concert. As Christians, I believe we get too focused on making ourselves comfortable without regards to others. (Sounds like a pride issue to me!) We received a gift, and we get content with it stopping with ourselves.
Ask yourself when was the last time you sacrificed something for the progression of the gospel? Hebrews 9: 26b, 28 says ‘But now he [Jesus] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself..so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people.’ (NIV) If He gave His life for us, what’s a few dollars, hours of work, comfortability sacrificed so that someone else can enjoy the gift of Christ?
Sacrifice should be nothing new to a Christian’s life because an innocent life was sacrificed for our eternal salvation. Not only that, but Christians should be striving to be like Christ! Phil. 2:5-8 (shortened) says ‘Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, and became obedient to death even death on a cross!’ (NIV)
Servants sacrifice their lives DAILY for someone else’s betterment and comfortability. Service is not pretty! It takes some blood, sweat, tears, pain, total discomfort, and SACRIFICE to get the job done. Jesus sacrificed His life for our eternal salvation. Are Christians avoiding the very essence of service to others? Are we selfishly wasting our time, money, and talent on things that will in no way further the spreading of the gospel? I challenge us today to ask ourselves as we go through our day and before we make a decision, ‘Is Christ worth our sacrifice?’ Jesus definitely felt that we were worth His life.