Yesterday our sermon was about sacrificing to make a difference. It has me thinking a lot today. Our high school pastor, Kirk Gentzel, preached in place of Mac. He did a great job.
He talked about how God uses what we have to create something new, just like he made Eve from Adam’s rib. God first created the earth and the sea and land out of nothing, but then He created animals and humans out of the dust or dirt. He used what he had created to create more.
He can use us in the same way. However, remember that he sacrificed a rib of Adam’s to make Eve. He also sacrificed His one and only son for our sins and for us to have everlasting life. This was the one true sacrifice for God to give. He gave everything because He loves us.
Kirk challenged us to sacrifice so that God can work within us and through us. We must make sacrifices to live for God. Each and every day. Are you doing that? I know I’m not. I sometimes get so comfortable in my life that I only do the things that “fit” into my schedule or that “feel” comfortable. That is NOT what God intended for my life. He wants me to sacrifice my life so that He can live through me.
God wants me to sacrifice my comfort, my security, my time, my money and my life all for Him. If I trust Him then He will make beautiful things from my sacrifices. Whatever I give to Him he will turn to good one way or another. Maybe not exactly how I see good, but good nonetheless. God is always good. Period.
I need to sacrifice my comfort most of all, to get out there and serve others in His name. That is the ONLY way I can make a difference for His Kingdom. Being comfortable and giving in to fear will get me absolutely nowhere.
I had a wonderful mentor once tell me to do something that scares me every single day. That statement has stuck with me for the past 6 years. Sometimes when I live that way I am amazed at what happens. I have to admit though, that I do not practice that near enough. I choose comfortable and comfortable won’t make a difference.
We must put ourselves out there , in vulnerable situations, in scary situations and watch God take over. Trust Him and do not be scared because He is always in control. He is just waiting for each of us to realize that. Once we do He can show us what He has planned for us. I cannot wait to find out what He has in store for me. I am ready to be uncomfortable and to sacrifice my life to allow Him to do great things within me and through me.