Every parent I have met loves their children and are willing to sacrifice for that child to have a good life. You see many mothers barely eat as they save up for their children’s education. Many fathers forego the pleasures of life to provide for their families. I was recently blessed to see illiterate parents who educated their children through university and proudly pose for those graduation pictures. I could only imagine what they had to sacrifice for the children to get that far. It is easy to enjoy whatever we want today. It is tough to ignore the justifiable needs and instead spend our hard earned cash on our children. This is love.
There comes a time when you must make sacrifices to love Jesus. Yes Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for you but you must sacrifice every day for Him. Jesus died for you so you can live for Him. But you must die every day in order to live for Him. Jesus carried your sins on His cross but you must carry your cross daily and follow Him. All this is sacrifice. You can sacrifice without loving but you can’t love without sacrifice. It takes serious tough love to sacrifice. Nice pretty love is clingy and cute but tough love is hard pressed and sacrificial. Living with Jesus is going to demand all kinds of sacrifices of you. Toughen up and sacrifice whatever it takes as you love Jesus.
SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
DEVOTION PRAYER: Oh Lord, May I present my body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You in Jesus’ name, Amen.