a very unpopular topic

There’s a difference between loving the Lord with all your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength and merely having an interest in Him.

To love Him is to worship Him for all He is and all He does.  Worship is a demonstrative love; it takes action.  It involves sacrifice.

To sacrifice is to lay down something precious.  Have you ever sacrificed anything for Jesus:  time, $, reputation, friendship, vacation, tv show, music, a meal?

To live a life of sacrifice is a foreign idea to most.  Our world epitomizes the idea that we will give something away only if there is something to get in return.  Entitlement.  (I am owed something.)  We teach our children to give to the food drive because if their group gives the most, they will win a pizza party.  It’s a selfish attitude that supports the “Build Your Own Kingdom” mentality.  In your kingdom, you are first and highly important. In your kingdom, the motto is “Serve Self,” because no one is more important than you.

Is this the Gospel of Christ? Clearly not.  Philippians chapter 2 describes His gospel and the intended reaction of those who want to follow Him.  “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 2:5).

Consider the attitude of a little child who willingly made a decision to be a part of a bone marrow transplant for his ailing sibling.  Even though his young mind did not fully understanding the procedure,  he just knew that his sacrifice was worth it for the other to live.  As his IV was started on the day of the transplant, he suddenly became frightened and asked his parent, “Does it hurt to die?”

“Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3).

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