NOTHING LESS THAN SACRIFICE

Henry FamilyBY: Janet Henry

E-MAIL ADDRESS: janethenry730@gmail.com

BIBLE TEXT: 1 Cor. 11:1:  (Paul said) Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

PERSONAL REFLECTION: When Christ called his disciples to follow him, I guarantee they had absolutely no idea that one day they would be martyred for their faith and belief in their Lord and Savior. They willingly left their families. They participated in miracles. They watched as their Savior was brutally crucified on a cross. They traveled to the outermost parts of the world to preach the Gospel. They sacrificed to the point of death. They gave all. What then do we do with the example the disciples left behind?

We live in a world full of people that still have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ. Christ gave a mandate when he ascended to heaven. He said, “GO” (Matt.28:19). Friends, we have a responsibility. We cannot sit idly by and wait for someone else to do the work that the Lord Himself mandated for us to do. We belittle the sacrifice of Christ, as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ who gave all, when we are unwilling to get out of our comfort zones. We have life saving knowledge that we can’t keep to ourselves.

PERSONAL APPLICATION: As my family and I have been out of the country for almost two years our eyes have been opened to poverty, both physical and spiritual, like we have never seen before. We have heard stories from some of our kids here at the Hope Center that shake us to our core. This life is not easy. In fact, it’s just plain hard at times. But if not us to share the love of Christ, then who? We can’t wait for someone else to be their answer to prayer when we are capable and able. This Christian life is more than just going to church on the occasional Wednesday night and Sunday. This Christian life needs to be full of us pouring ourselves out for those that are less fortunate than we are. This Christian life needs to be full of holding those that may not smell so good or helping the widows and the orphans. This Christian life should be full of nothing less than sacrifice every. single. day. Because with Christ as our example, He gave all, so all to Him we owe!

PRAYER: Lord, Shake us to our core. Use the injustices of this world to get us out of our comfort zones so we can share your life saving love. Help us daily to give all so we can to reach those who don’t know you and may have never heard your name! In Jesus’ Name- AMEN

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: My family and I are missionaries to Cochabamba, Bolivia. We work with children whose parents are in prison. The kids live at the Bolivian Hope Center and we get the privilege of loving and sharing Christ with them every single day. To us, there is just no better way to show them Jesus!

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