To and From, an exploration of the journey of biblical discipleship.
This week, Cindy Burgos, shares thoughts and reflections on this week's message.
When you hear the word sacrifice, what thoughts come to mind? Are there memories you recall? Is its association a positive one or anxiety-producing?
Hearing this week's word, I’m reminded of a time last year when God called me to leave my job after 4 years of commitment. No backup plan, no clarity on what was to follow, just a simple word to obey. I am what many consider a type A personality. I’m a planner, an organizer and in more extremist measures, my efforts can often become a relentless pursuit for control. Yet God saw it fit to bring me to the end of my self-reliance. It was a decision that brought about many tears and internal conflict but greater was the weight of my disobedience. You see, though I didn't know where God was leading me then (still don’t fully know), I knew it was ultimately good and there was peace in that.
I find that words like these have been lost in the sauce that is our culture. They’re lost, not because their significance has changed, but our willingness to uphold their value has not. Sacrifice is defined as “an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more worthy”. Things that are of value, lose their value over time but something that is regarded as worthy holds much greater power. Christ is worthy. It is impossible to experience the fullness of Christ as a disciple if you’re unwilling to give up the placeholders.
Pastor Rich said, “The journey of discipleship is marked by a commitment to sacrifice”. It is a radical commitment, one surely promising of suffering but you cannot accomplish anything without it. The call to sacrifice is never easy but the reward will always be far greater than anything (and everything) you’ve ever had to forfeit. Make no mistake, the One who draws us out will always offer us peace - even in the hardest of sacrifices.