“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one`s life for his friends.” John 15:13
So many questions from people on what is to be used for sacrifice are enormous, some people thought sacrifice refers to money and material only; hence, I have taking time to pay attention to the Holy Spirit to inspire me in this area. Understand that God will never demand from you, what He never gave to you! God is not looking for what He has not in the first case invested; rather, He is looking for what He had already invested. Subsequently, I will be revealing by the help of the Holy Spirit; what is to be used for sacrifice. But the first one in my list of study is:
Sacrifice of love. Love is the law of living. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:37-39
The sacrifice of love was first of all exhibited by God. It is called the sacrifice of love because it was given out of pain. Not because God never wanted to release it; but because we were never qualified to harness that love. The first sacrifice God gave to humanity was love; if He never gave love to us, He wouldn`t had been able to get us back to Himself!
Beloved, there is what we call natural love, and there is what is called supernatural love. Natural love is the love God has for us for creating us; and which we also have for one another for relationship sake. But, the supernatural love, which refers to sacrifice of love, is the love that is not common on earth. Supernatural love can only be demonstrated by divinity to humanity. This is the love demonstrated by the God that created the heaven and the earth for humanity. This is the love that should exist in the life of every believer, which should be used in transforming our world at large. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
This is the type of love that is not needed by the receiver – sinner; but needed most to save the receiver – sinner! This kind of love knows no boundary; it does not select the kind of people it renders help to. It is not denominational in giving; it has nothing to do with my church members or your church members; it has nothing to do with who are your pastors and not your pastors. This is the type of love that made God to capture us close to Himself, while we were still in battle with Him! “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV) No church can stand on earth without the love of God! Any church that does not teach about this kind of love; will recruit enemies to destroy the world! By the grace of God, in our church we have training class called; ‘BELIEVERS LOVE CLASS (BLC) it is a compulsory class for all members; because this is where we teach about different kinds of love, and how we believers should relate with one another and people in the society. It is compulsory for every believer to live a life of love towards others, because a life without love is spiritual death in disguise! Love gives life, and life is meaningful when love supervises it. “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” 1 John 3:14
Loving people that hate you is referred to as the sacrifice of love! The people of this world say it is not possible to love people that hate you or your enemies; but the supernatural love says it is possible. If you truly received this sacrifice of love from God; it will be easy for you to pass it across to other people around the world. You don`t give what you don`t have; if you received this love from God, your world must feel it for real.
You need to sacrifice this type of love to people, regardless of their tribes, languages, religious etc. To love the people that love you is a phase, but not enough! To love the people that hate you or your enemies, is another phase, which is the major level of love the people of this world cannot fathom. Beloved, if you never loved people the way God loves you; forget it, you won`t be able to love them for real. When you invest sacrifice of love, you will same way harvest the sacrifice of love from both God and man. Humanity is dying for God every day, because God has sacrificed His costly love for humanity in the first case. When you because of love die for God and people; you will never die in hopelessness.
You need to sacrifice a costly love for your life, because if you don`t love yourself; you will never be able to help yourself in the right way. You need to be able to love your husband or your wife in an unconditional way; so you could be able to help him or her to realizing a meaningful life of success on earth. Demonstrate this sacrifice of love towards your children, so you could bring them up in the fear of the Lord. Do you know it takes love to train children in the way of God? Sure! I don`t care who may have offended you for years; give him this sacrifice of love. This love makes you to forgive people before they ever offended you! This is the love you can`t do without; it burns in your soul, body, and spirit; just the way it burns in the mind of God before He sent Jesus Christ to die for the sins of the whole world – today world memory!
Finally beloved, think about the love of God towards you; He forgives you every day. He has never judged you by your weaknesses; He has never used your past sins against you; He has never ceased to taking care of you, despite your sarcastic life against Him. He has never withdrawn the breath we take in, from both those that love Him and those who do not love Him. You and I can by His grace live this way with our fellow ones on earth, by simply receiving His love into our heart. Love controls life; and life is powered by love, because love is the law of the believers` existence. Understand that nothing is greater than love; without love, no man can actually make heaven! Because love makes you to have a free conscience towards everyone; and love makes you to see and take people the way God deals with them. Love gives license for acquiring clear scruples “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
I have made up my mind to love everyone, no matter what they did against me; because I also offend people in one way or the other. Sacrifice that costly love to people from today hence, and you will live a free life that can`t be hampered from ending with God.
SALVATION CALL – DO IT NOW, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
Salvation call is an invitation for you to make it right with God. Now is the right time for you to do it, because a time will come that you may look for it, and never found it!
If you are ready to rededicate or surrender your life to Jesus Christ now; repeat after me as stated below:
“Lord Jesus, thanks to you for your word for me today, and thank you once again for dying for my sins at Calvary. I confess that I am a sinner, please forgive me and come into my heart as I make you the Lord of my life today. Please deliver me from every addiction of sin, as I rededicate my life to you as a backslider. Write my name in the book of life. Thank you Lord for saving me and I am now born again. Amen! Congratulations!
God bless you; and Shalom!
Favour Egbeiyon, is the president and Senior Pastor at Dynamo Lightgate Int`l Ministry, Abuja Nigeria. It is a ministry that is a focus on church planting and outreaches. He gave his life to Christ over two decades. By Ministerial Education; he graduated from ‘Dunamis School of Ministry’ (DUSOM). By secular education, he studied Accounting; and went further to study Psychology as a professional course.
His passion as a godly mandate is to: ‘Giving Hope to the Hopeless, Love to the loveless, through the preaching of divine Light to the world.’ He is also a passionate researcher of excellent knowledge for maximum self-development; also a motivational speaker and Teacher of the word.
As an inspired Author, his books, magazines and tracts etc., have been a blessing to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. By calling; he is a Teacher, Evangelist, and Prophet.