We live in an upside-down world.
What could normally be termed “success” comes via an opposite media—sacrifice. We get more for less.
Well intentioned deeds have no basis in truth unless they cling, in some form, to the concept—sacrifice.
Sacrifice is courage, tenacity, humility, joy and peace all rolled into one. It’s a package acknowledged at the Award ceremony; and that, to the person least desiring any “award.”
The qualities of forfeit and surrender are not apt to become us, generally.
We don’t want to lose a thing we can keep, or give something up that we can have.
That’s why we find achieving anything of real worth in life hard. Sacrifice doesn’t come easy—it cuts against the grain of life. It’s like we need to defy gravity to cooperate with its elusive power.
Yet, some are famous for having mastered it. Jesus is the most famous example.
Glorying In It
Given to the qualities of delaying our gratification, sacrifice shows us how we entrap visual, daily glory—for it is power to enjoy the seamless life.
Peace is easy when we understand that a separatedness gets us there.
But separatedness, at a worldly level, is uncomfortable. It’s a rejection of all we could take hold of, and the acceptance of the invisible thing of enormous value. This truly is being in the world but not of it.
The only way we can glory in sacrifice—with any healthy sustainability—is to attain, and remain in, God.
It doesn’t make sense otherwise.
Still, for anybody seeking to achieve anything of value in life, they know they can’t get there without sacrifice. And they cannot utilise it for extended periods, because they don’t yet understand that we must glory in it by the Presence and power of God to achieve it.
To sacrifice is to utilise glory and take part in it.
Life Will Only Start to Make Sense When We Sacrifice
Caveat: Open with love!
We cannot think of using the portents of sacrifice—glorying in it—without love.
Love is what compels us to do things for the right reasons.
When we combine the glory of sacrifice with the powerfully persuasive motive of love, we encapsulate the resurrection power of God.
Against all our confounding problems these two—loving sacrifice—will go, wedded with power, and in amid of truth, to live as we were always purposed to.
That is, to live victoriously.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.