Going Deeper With Sacrifice

July 19, 2018

I heard a GREAT quote this past week about sacrifice:

"If you don't sacrifice for what you want, what you want will be the sacrifice."

I couldn't find who to attribute that quote to, but it is spot on. Just as a gold medalist has to sacrifice time, sweat, money, and comfort in order to get what she wants, a Jesus-follower might need to sacrifice food, time, pleasure, and more in order to get what he wants in a relationship with God through Christ.

And so this week, I want to do something a little different here in the News & Notes. I want you to do three things:

#1. I want you to look at the Parable of the Hidden Treasure again (the same parable we looked at this past Sunday), but I want you to sacrifice fifteen minutes to watch the parable be told as if it was a modern story. You can find the short film here.

#2. Once the film is done, I want you to take a couple of minutes to ask yourself, "What do I really want in my relationship with God? And what am I willing to sacrifice to get there?" If you need to, write down your answer.

#3. Then I want you to take a minute to pray, asking God to give you the courage and strength to sacrifice whatever it is He asked you to give up in response to step 2 above.

So enjoy the film. And may you take a small step toward Christlikeness as you make the decision to sacrifice something this week, month, year, or for life.

Erin Bird Lead Pastor - Riverwood Church

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