Wow! 2016 is here! My how time flies.
Typically I don’t do the whole new year’s resolution thing, but I read a post by The Rend Collective a few weeks ago that went like this:
So tempting to make self-improvement our new year’s resolution but what we need is SELF-SACRIFICE. Don’t give up a habit- give up your heart.
This is an incredibly foreign concept in a nation/society where self-sacrifice is looked down upon. Self-Sacrifice must mean you are a weak person. Indeed through the worlds eyes, it does make you a weak person, but friend, we are not of this world if you are following Jesus (Philippians 4:20-21).
So…the question remains:
Where does self-sacrifice begin?
Self-sacrifice begins with admitting your need for God and His grace. If you do not start here then your “sacrifice” is selfish. It is no more than a philanthropic effort (which can be done without the work of Jesus). Begin with Jesus and admit your need for Him! It all begins with drawing near to the throne of Grace!
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Only from the overflow of your heart will self-sacrifice truly take place. And only through admitting your need for Jesus will you be able to sacrifice from that overflow.
It will take a great deal of humility to do this, but Jesus will give it to you. If you fail, it’s ok. His mercies are new every day. Get back up and try again. He will not leave you or forsake you.
My encouragement to you is to take 2016 and not make self-improvement your goal. That is hollow, and remember, this earth and our bodies are temporary dwelling places. Make self-sacrifice your goal and the benefits will be ETERNAL not TEMPORAL.
May God richly bless each of you this new year. I’m excited to walk alongside all of you as my brothers and sisters. Let’s continue to point each other to Jesus because Jesus is better!