“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
John 10:11 NIV
I was thinking about this today, and have brought up this discussion with my little one’s at breakfast table.
Laying ones life down for another is an act of surrenderence.
What does it mean to sacrifice?
To which my kids responded
The oldest : “Its not just kill, it’s also love. You put down your work, so you can help another.”
The youngest : “Give your heart to God”
Very insightful words! Both are accurate, and each perspective is quite unique.
Sacrifice is an act of surrenderence, an offering to God, as a sweet smelling, or aroma of perfume. In the early days of Israelites, sacrifice was an important act of surrenderence to God. The clans of Israel sacrificed lamb, goat, and bulls to please their maker, as well as grain, flour and oil, and varies other sacrifices.
Thank God that today we don’t have to offer physical sacrifices [ lamb, goat, bull, doves, grain, flour, oil, wine] to attone for our sin, but rather call on the name of the Lord. When Christ sacrificed his life, he surrendered his life once and for all, he atoned for our sins once and for all. We can thank our Saviour for the sacrifices that were made; beating, bruses, piercing, slander, blood, sweat, and tears, and glorify our King, through the act of surrenderence of kindness, love and understanding, towards others.
” But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 NIV
When we sacrifice our time, energy, and are helpful towards others, we send an aroma of sweet perfume, that is pleasing to the Lord.
Now it’s your turn, what does it mean to sacrifice, and how can we sacrifice in our daily affairs of life?
I hope this was a blessing to you. May you continue to thirst, and hunger for knowledge, and understabding of God. Blessings!