Posts Tagged ‘sacrifice’

Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray.  

While the world perishes, we go our way, 

purposeless, passionless, day after day.  

Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray! (1)

How far do you live beyond yourself?

I am a huge fan of Apple products, but there are two things about the company that bug me.

First , is the initial moniker “i” which identifies their smart phone, tablet computer, music library, and podcast player.

Second, is the “@me.com” network identifier for their email service.

The egocentric nature of these identifying names and titles reminds me that for most of us, our world’s are quite small.  For many the outer limits of our universe is the reach of our arms, or perhaps, the reach of our personal digital imprint.

The Civil Rights Movement has evolved into a Personal Rights Movement.

Community and Team have become secondary to the me, myself, and I.

We have become an entitlement society.

All the while, the world perishes.

When I was a child heroes were those men and women who risked their lives to save others in need.  Today, you are a hero if you have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame or if you win a Reality TV Show contest.

Instead of loving others and dying for them, we expect others to love us and to die for us.

Jesus said, “There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another!” (2)

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  1. The author of this prayer is unknown, from Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1996), 267.
  2. John 15:13

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Yesterday was Fat Tuesday.

Today is Ash Wednesday.

Yesterday was party day.

Today we confess.

I have always thought that these days were mismatched.

Excess immediately prior to penance.

Fat Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

It never made sense to me.

I always felt there was a better way to prepare for Ash Wednesday.

When Jesus turned towards Jerusalem near the end of His earthly ministry, He knew the end of the story.  He did not kick off the event with a wild party.  Why should I?

Oswald Chambers frequently asks, “Are you willing to become broken bread and pour-out wine for God?

This a good question to ask on Ash Wednesday and everyday during Lent.

Am I willing to broken be for Jesus?

He died on the cross, His bones broken, His veins gashed for my sake.

What sacrifice am I willing to make for Him?

Some believe giving up chocolate, candy, or a simple pleasure for Lent is a sacrifice

comparable to Jesus dying on the cross.  I do not.

If we are going to sacrifice like Jesus, then we need to offer God a sacrifice that pleases Him, not us.

David wrote in Psalm 51:17: “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit and a contrite heart.”

What are you willing to give up for Jesus?  What will break your heart to give up for God?

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