“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

Sacrifices are hard, aren’t they? Sometimes harder than other times. The idea of sacrifice usually goes along with giving up something or someone we want, doesn’t it? Something material, our time, our heart, a relationship, our way, our desire, a dream we have, somewhere we want to live, something that really matters to us, a way of life, a lifestyle, someone we love, a habit, the way we’ve been living, where we want to go so we can go where God wants us to go instead, our comfort, what’s easy, what’s familiar, and the list goes on.

One day I realized something really wild. I had gone from years of desperately not wanting to sacrifice for the Lord and for people and even for my dogs to desperately wanting to make the sacrifice despite the degree of discomfort, risk, loss, hurt, challenge, and hardship that comes with the sacrifice that is asked of me. But how could this be?

The more I chase after Jesus, the more I fall in love with Him. The more I fall in love with Him, the more I want to please Him. The more I love Him, the more I love people. The more I love Jesus and people, the more I want people to know and follow Jesus. So the life I once so desperately clung onto I no longer cling to. For I once held on desperately to my own life, to my own wishes, wants, and ways. Now I hold on desperately to Jesus, and now I want on a daily basis to sacrifice not just what’s outside of me. But I want to sacrifice my very self to Him and for Him. My heart and all.

Fall in love with Jesus, friend. And sacrifice anything He desires from you. Most of all yourself. Heart and all. And don’t make the sacrifice with dread, complaining, moaning, self-pity, and whining. Make it with a thankful heart that He loves us so much He died on the cross to carry God’s wrath at us for our sins and our sin penalty on Himself so we can turn from our sins, believe in Him as Lord, and devote ourselves utterly whereby we receive God’s forgiveness and the promise of forever with Him. AMEN!

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