“Speak out for those who cannot speak… Who in the church today realizes that this is the very least that the bible requires of us?”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Sacrificial servitude becomes evident when your chest tightens and you realize that the very thing you must do is the last thing in the world you want to do.
We all want to make a difference. Problem is, when the opportunity arrives, it suddenly dawns on us that we want nothing to do with the experience because there is a great deal of toil and hardworking involved. It’s called a sacrifice for a reason, you know. There may not be a tangible, foreseeable benefit at the end of it but there will be some benefit to it even if we never get to see it ourselves.
How can I fully appreciate the sacrifices of Jesus when I never willingly sacrifice, myself, in His service? More over, I must eventually see that I’ve let Christ so conform my heart that at some point I arrive spiritually at the place where sacrificial servitude is no longer something so difficult as to wrestle with when the Holy Spirit puts me in the position to give fully of myself. Some days, I struggle with it and some days I do not. I hope someday to never have the initial struggle with this at all. Until then, I’ll do my best to keep pushing through that initial struggle hoping I (more times then not) at the very least agree to give little of myself while remembering that He has given me so much more. It is always such a small price to pay… and I should always be eager to pay it gladly. No doubt, I will get there.
Peace, Sean Gutteridge
5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
3 O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?
4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.