At BC on Sunday we talked about how love is sacrifice and that because of this we ought to love to sacrifice. Did you catch that? Love IS so we ought to love TO.
But here’s the catch: sacrifice is usually not comfortable and certainly never easy. On one hand, sacrifice is probably not something we would actually choose or want. But love may actually be a choice to give up what we want. Loving and serving others means sacrificing time, energy, resources, and our own agenda. And what will we get in return? Maybe nothing. Sound like a good deal? Probably not. But it depends on how we look at it. We may find that selfless sacrifice is the true pathway to experiencing God and to transforming relationships.
True love is unselfish. 1 Corinthians says “love is not self seeking.” Love is not looking out for what we want but instead looking out for the interests of others. In sacrifice and relationships in order to serve someone else it may mean giving up something we want. But we do this because we are saying “I love you more than what I want.” And that’s true sacrifice.
And our greatest example of all is Jesus Christ who sacrificed everything for us on in his death on the cross so that we could have life. He gave up everything so that we could have something. It was the most unselfish act of all time. And he came to earth to show us what true serving was all about. He could have come as a King or a ruler but He came as a humble servant. And he says we ought to follow in his example. So back to us. Will serving be easy? Probably not. Was serving easy for Jesus. Obviously not. Will sacrificing our time, energy, and resources be easy or fun? Probably not. Was the sacrfice of Jesus easy or fun? Obviously not. And yet true love is sacrifice. So for us to love means we must sacrifice.
BC is a young church that is all about serving. Find a way to get involved and make a sacrifice. Putting out street signs, making coffee, buying bagels, playing music, helping kids, and a whole lot more. To see our full list of ways to get involved click here: http://www.ballardchurch.com/get-involved/
We have a slogan at Ballard Church about serving: Long Hours. No Pay. But Worth Every Minute.