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Soul Sacrifice

  

Webster’s dictionary definition of the word Sacrifice
“a: destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else b: something given up or lost the sacrifices made by parents”

The interesting part of this definition is the the word surrender. We know that Jesus sacrificed his very soul for everyone whether they wanted it or knew it, yet he give and sacrificed his own soul anyway. Yes, he really did it without anybody really knowing what he was doing for them. So are we to sacrifice our souls for Jesus? Well, yes in a sense, on a cross like him? No, we are to surrender our souls in the sense that we surrender our wills, as did the apostles.

Lets look at this: “Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their net and
followed Him. ”Matthew 4 :18-20 (NASB)

These Men counted it worth it to give up their very livelihood, homes, and families to follow Jesus’s ministry. Then some time later Peter put this to Jesus, and Jesus’s response is actually quite amazing.

“Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.” Mark 10:28-31 (NASB)

The idea of being able to give up something of value (our wills) for something else of greater value is unrealistic, when we look at it faithlessly, in other words through the fleshly mind. If filled with the Holy Spirit then looking at sacrificing of our lives, through the eyes of Christ it becomes very clear to us. After all look at the sacrifices Jesus made, there is no one better to understand self sacrifice than our Lord. I tell you we must look at it through his eyes.

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 (NASB)

He made the ultimate sacrifice by the giving of his very life, but his vision was correct. He saw past the torture and death of the cross all the way through to the right hand of God. That took some capital letter FAITH. Well, what does that look like for us. It looks the same, but instead of hanging on a tree, we must not live to our own desires any longer. We still must give of our lives, but the death we must sacrifice is the death of our will.This takes surrender, the surrendering of our will to line up with his will, which ultimately is the will of the Father. This is why it will take FAITH, the same kind of Capital letter faith that Jesus had. We must have this faith daily in order to maintain this surrendering on a daily basis.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (AKJV)

Well, what does this look like, Jesus gives an example right in the end just before he was about to give up his own life. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungered, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? When saw we you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when saw we you sick, or in prison, and came to you? And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.
Matthew 25:31-40 (AKJV)

If the focus is now off of ourselves this process of surrendering become much more real. We can now move forward with the things of God, because we have the vision to move in a forward through the eyes of Christ, and not stuck focused on our own things and own desires. It would be impossible to surrender if we are looking inward, then it would actually not be surrendering at all but still focused on the things of ourselves. Jesus clearly states at the end of Matthew that our focus should be on others.

So in conclusion I like to say let move forward with the things of others and not the things of ourselves. Let die to ourselves and live unto the one that died for us. Lets surrender our wills to the purposes of,

and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.and only the purposes of GOD. 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NASB)

  

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