As we dive into this word at this moment, Lord may our eyes of understanding be opened to see that which you want us to see.
The focus of Christianity today is the good worldly things such as, money, prosperity, establishment, safety and self preservation.
The goal of most Christians are to get more money, houses,cars and security.
Even some pastors measure their success by the amount of money they have, and by the size of of the offerings in their churches.
The message of prosperity has become the message of the church, yes lord I receive is the closest prayer some Christians pray.
Miracle conventions always gets filled to the brim .. With miracle seeking Christians.
Bible study, teaching service, ordinary weekday service is less filled because we are either too busy or bored with the word of God. We always seems to believe that prayers is the key to everything.
Yes! Prayer is the key but without SACRIFICE you’ll always have a hard time communicating your prayer requests to God.
You’ll always be at the ordinary level, trying hard to impress God.
As sweet as it is, you might have know what sacrifice is before, but do you really know the power behind it?
Do you even know what that word means in today’s situation?
The great Father of faith: Abraham was known to make the most hardest sacrifice in history at least Christian history, because he knows what the word entails. Sacrifice!
In case you might be asking yourself…
Sacrifice means giving up something for something. It’s the central theme of the bible.
Think of this. Most of the main liberations that occurred in the Bible especially the old testament was because of a sacrificial situation which in turn pulled down the hand of God.
Anything For Christ
“However, I consider those things that were gain to me as a loss for Christ.”
“Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be a loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ” – Amplified Bible
In Romans 12:1, God asks us to present ourselves as as living sacrifice.
“Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.” – Amplified Bible
You see that? …holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.
God wants us to work for him with our spiritual service such as working in His vineyard, investing in God’s project, helping the needy even when it’s not easy, giving our time for God, attending church service regularly even sacrificing your stomach by fasting and waiting on God.
As if that’s not enough, God’s even wants our heart as a sacrifice.
Apostle Joshua Selman once said: “The Key to Moving God is the sacrifice of your heart”
It is written in Jer 29:13 that, You will worship me with all your heart and I will be with you.
In the old testament, sacrifice were made. Abraham made sacrifice, Isaac did, Jacob did, Moab did, Elijah did, Elisha did, The people of Nineveh. The sacrifice goes on and on.
Now, I’m going to break some hearts.
Sacrifice however how sweet the result is involves pain. Innocent Jesus was sacrificed. God gave up his only precious son for the betterment of the world at large. God gave up his son for the salvation of our soul.
Why Should We Make Sacrifice
1. Sacrifice Releases Power
This explains why many demonic rituals involves some kind of sacrifice because for them it’s one of their strongest point in receiving from their power source.
It also applies to believer. In 2 Chronicles 7:1
“Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and Yahweh’s glory filled the house.”
Praise the lord!
Solomon sacrifice releases God’s power and His glory filled the house.
The king of Moab in 2 Kings 3:26-27, sacrificed his oldest son (his crown prince) when he was losing the battle against Isreal.
“When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too severe for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew a sword, to break through to the king of Edom; but they could not.”
“Then he took his oldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. There was great wrath against Israel; and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.” – Amplified Bible
Can you believe it? God turned against His own people because of a sacrifice. The bible makes us understand that “there was great wrath against Israel; and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.” God released a power from the sacrifice of king of Moab to cause confusion among the Israelites.
Jesus sacrificed his life to save humanity.
Elijah sacrificed his stomach for good 40 days and 40 night and power and authority was released unto him.
Sacrifice Bears Eternal Fruit
Jesus Christ died over 2000 years ago now and till thy kingdom come, he will always have millions and millions of followers.
Let’s look at Abraham sacrifice, God asks him, to Sacrifice his only child he got at the old age of 100.
“Abraham was one hundred years old when his son, Isaac, was born to him.” – Amplified Bible
God commanded him suddenly to offer his only son, Isaac, as a burnt sacrifice.
“He said, “Now take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go into the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of.”” – Amplified Bible
Without arguing he took Issac and led him to the place which God has told him.
“Abraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his donkey; and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son. He split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him.” – Amplified Bible
And in turn of his obedience and sacrifice, God blessed him and his generation to come.
“Yahweh’s angel called to Abraham a second time out of the sky,”
“and said, “‘I have sworn by myself,’ says Yahweh, ‘because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,”
“that I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your offspring greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gate of his enemies.”
“All the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring, because you have obeyed my voice.’””
God honoured Abraham even till his death. God blessed him externally that Genesis 24:1 recorded that: “Abraham was old, and well advanced in age. Yahweh had blessed Abraham in all things.”
The Missionaries sacrifice
Let’s look at the Missionaries sacrifice in coming to Africa in the early days when Africa was deeply rooted in traditional cultures and idol worshipping.
The missionaries sacrificed everything, they left their spouses, children, parents, friends just to bring the gospel to Africa.
Though many did not make it back to their country, more missionaries kept coming.
They were faced with various difficulties and challenges in the African society, they were forced to adapt to the new environment they found themselves, they were faced with many sickness but they took their stand in what they believed in. They sacrificed their life and health. They were antagonized by the natives
Many parents fought against the idea of their children coming to Africa, that such parent would not mind the United Nation giving their children a job in the war zone.
Now look at the fruit of their sacrifice then.
Sacrifice Uplifs You
Do you remember the story of the 3 Jews; Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego in Daniel 3.
Those Jews refused to bow down and worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image because they know whom they serve.
Even at the point of death, they choose to sacrifice their lifes serving God.
And at the end, they were uplifted, they were promoted.
Daniel 3:29 – 30
“Therefore I make a decree, that every people, nation, and language, which speak anything evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill; because there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.””
“Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.” – Amplified Bible