Offering a Sacrifice of Love
Continuation of Romans Chapter 12 v 1 Read previous post. Earlier we had considered the invitation of Apostle Paul to offer our bodies as Living Sacrifices to God.
in that post, we looked at the Sacrifice of our emotions as a Starting place
In this post, we are going to examine another kind of sacrifice that Christians are invited to offer through “the sacrifice of their bodies as Living Sacrifices”’
THE SACRIFICE OF OUR LOVE
The Great Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
“The most important is;
‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 28-30
In the above test, we are convinced that the love of, or love for God should ever be the primary affection of our heart.
This does not presuppose that we are to love our friends, family, brethren, folks or even our Nation less.
WHAT THIS MEANS
As a matter of fact, love of God will galvanize us towards love for these others.
The import of the greatest commandment is that, we should never at any time allow our love for anything, or person or phenomenon to be greater than our love for God.
“Our love for any other must not compromise our love for God”
Hence if the love of anything, place or person replaces, or reduces our love for God, or prevents us from expressing our Love for God through obedience, that person, place or thing has summarily become a god.
That is Idolatry
WHAT DO CHRISTIANS SET THEIR AFFECTIONS ON
Let us as Christians consider some of the affections of our hearts that have either reduced, replace or inhibits our ability to Love God through obedience to His word and will
- We set our affections on Economic Power and sufficiency, (Love of Money
- Power Position, Fame and influence
- Our time, resources, our innate abilities, skills, beauty etc
- Affection for Nature
- Affection for friends, relatives, associates, career, possessions, etc
while there is nothing wrong with setting one’s mind on, and pursuing vigorously the things that can create temporary happiness for us as we sojourn through life, we must never at any time allow these pursuit of accomplishments to replace or diminish our love for the Almighty
He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
When God’s call coincides with our plans, our Family’s or Nation’s, we are invited to sacrifice our Love to God’s request first
To help us offer our Love as a Sacrifice to God
We must set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth. – Colossians 3:2
When we set our hearts on Spiritual things, it becomes almost effortless to offer a sacrifice of our Love to God, because God inherently becomes the essence of our existence
We must not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased’ (Hebrews 13:16).
Doing good and sharing with others our treasures, time, talents and resources is a great sacrifice of Love to God.
Jesus tells us emphatically that the second greatest commandment is to Love our neighbors as ourselves, Mark 12 (28-31), and this is reflected in giving, or doing good to them as occasion demands.
“When we think of how much we owe to Christ, any sacrifice that we can make will seem but a poor and feeble effort to show our gratitude and our love.
Yet we are encouraged to present even our poor sacrifice of love by the assurance that it will be “acceptable unto God.” C.H.I.