18 August 2020 A Sacrifice that is not a Sacrifice
For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.
A sacrifice isn’t a sacrifice if it cost you nothing. Also a sacrifice isn’t something you can demand of someone either, or it’s not a sacrifice but a chore. Sacrificial love is voluntary, genuine, thoughtful and costly.
Jesus said it this way, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
If the virus shut down is rubbing you the wrong way, it might be because of the truths of these passages of scripture. The government requiring sacrifices to be made of perfectly healthy, young, aspiring individuals isn’t a sacrifice of love like they’re telling us it is because this isn’t the model for sacrificial love.
The individual gets to choose. The one who gave a tiny part of their surplus, from what they didn’t need and wouldn’t miss isn’t actually making any sacrifice. The people getting paid during these shut downs (politicians, union workers and arbitrarily deemed essential workers) are in no way making any real sacrifice at all like the person who works at a hair salon or a gym. If you want to scream at the tv when you hear: “We’re all in this together,” or when they talk about everyone making sacrifices right now, you are not alone. For the one who says those things while not actually making a voluntary, genuine, costly sacrifice at all is really a tyrant.
My husband posted the following on social media:
Stop asking that an entire generation give up everything for you today so that you *might* not get sick. Jesus already gave His life for you - without being asked - and He offers you eternity with Him. Through Jesus, you can lay down your life for this generation instead of demanding they lay theirs down for you. Greater Love.
You can also click here hear more about this from his message last Sunday:
The Big Invite
Once again, our world has something so wonderful and good absolutely backwards and wrong. What they call sacrifice is actually tyranny. Good is bad and bad is good. Thank you that we know real right is and real wrong and real sacrifice because of your Son and your Word. Thank you that in Jesus we are not hypocrites, and we are given everything we need for life and godliness and even navigating a pandemic. Please, give us godly leaders with common sense. The leaders in charge of my state have no idea what they’re doing. Don’t let their destructive, irrational, tyrannical plans succeed in anyway. And thank you that all of my trust and hope is in YOU not them! I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.