Sacrifice

I never thought I would become the type of person who loves to talk about God. A couple of months ago I would have called anyone who talked about God 24/7 a bible basher. I would probably say to myself “oh it’s these people again, God loves everyone”. WE KNOW! WE GET IT! I have tried many times to become serious with my faith and each time I failed. I even bought myself a Bible and left it on my shelf to collect dust as if some how the word of God would jump out of the Bible and into my brain while I slept. It’s only when I started going to First Love Church that I felt an inward change.

I thought when I became Born Again I would feel different straight away but it was a gradual process, one which took time and patience. It happened subconsciously and without warning. There’s a difference between reading the Bible to see what it says and reading the Bible for understanding. The former means the Bible is just a book of words that hold no meaning whatsoever,  but the latter to me means being able to understand what the will of God is and through that what your purpose is.

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”  John 9:24

I have realised that sacrifice is so important. To grow more in the faith I must lose something to gain something even better. To sacrifice something that you love which is not inline with the will of God is not a small thing. The more you grow in the christian faith the greater the sacrifice. God does not require you to sacrifice just once but you must do it again and again. When you  first start out in the faith it maybe drinking or going out to clubs that you will have to give up. However, as you grow more in the faith your sacrifice will become even more acute to the point where even oversleeping could be considered a sin.

John 3:16 has been etched into my brain since I was a child and it’s only now that I’m starting to understand the gravity of what this verse actually means. God gave his only son so that we could be saved and have eternal life. We were all sinners, unworthy and yet God still loved us to the point where he was willing to give his only son. Imagine you only had one child. Would you be able to give him/her up for a bunch of people you didn’t know? That is the wonder of God’s greater love.

Sacrificing my old life was difficult at first but when I look back at who I used to be I know now that I am a better person. Necrotising fascilitis is caused by a flesh eating bacteria which could be fatal. The treatment involves removing the dead skin and in some cases the affected limb has to be amputated. In the same way the dead skin must be removed or the leg amputated we must get rid of the things that are killing us spiritually so that our inner man may grow and one day we may become anointed.

Thanks for reading!

~S.

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