Sacrifice (The Chapel)
Jul 19, 2015 - Rev Matt Tuggle
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This week we talked about giving up something in our lives to make someone else’s life even better.
Can you think of a time someone put your needs above their own (maybe a parent or teacher)?
When is a time you have put someone else’s needs above your own? How did it feel to do that?
This week we wrapped up our four week series called Elevate where we explored the idea that God doesn’t just motivate us, but he actually elevates certain virtues within us through the process of sanctification.
The past three weeks we talked about what elevated wisdom, justice, and fortitude look like, and this week we looked at elevated sacrifice.
Matt defined sacrifice as forfeiting something of value to you to attain something of greater value for someone else.
One of the most compelling examples of elevated sacrifice can be found in Mother Teresa. She lived her entire life in a state of elevated sacrifice. Whether it was in the big things like starting schools and caring for people, or in the little things like cleaning a bathroom that she noticed needed cleaning, Mother Teresa was constantly looking outside of herself.
Whenever they got a new shipment of donated shoes, Mother Teresa would insist on going through the box first. She would find the worst pair and claim them for herself. Mother Teresa did not want to wear terrible shoes, but she didn’t live her life based on what she alone wanted. What was more important to her was for the other adults and children to get the best shoes. This is what elevated sacrifice looks like.
There are areas in each of our lives that might need some forfeiting in order to make someone else’s life better.
This entire series can be wrapped up in one bible verse:
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
Let that be our prayer this week.
Tuesday: 1 Samuel 15:10-23
Wednesday: 1 Samuel 15:24-35
Thursday: 1 Samuel 16:1-5
Friday: 1 Samuel 16:6-13