Monday, August 08, 2005

Have we forgotten sacrifice?

Craig Williams, reflecting on the work of Eugene Peterson, considers the role of sacrifice in Christian discipleship:
When was the last time you made a true sacrifice? What was the last act that cost you something dear? Would you describe your life as sacrificial in nature? Until we do, we're just play acting at following Jesus.
Good questions. Well?

4 Comments:

Blogger jeff said...

Is sacrifice for sacrifice sake just as good? I know lots of people who sacrifice to no good reason. Reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:--if you give it all up but don't have love it doesn't count! Sacrifice is also a matter of opinion. Most believers, in my opinion, have a pretty low threshold of sacrifice! Most believers would answer those questions in the affirmative! Just some thoughts. Thanks for pointing out these articles. I enjoy your service.

3:44 PM, August 08, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're quite welcome, Jeff; thanks for your kind words about this blog. And I agree with you about sacrifice for no good reason. I wonder if some folks don't "sacrifice" from a sense of low self-esteem (i.e., "I don't deserve this anyway"). Real sacrifice is giving up something we know we're entitled to, isn't it?

6:27 AM, August 09, 2005  
Blogger jeff said...

I guess I've never put it in those words--something we're entitled to--but I like that. It has to be something that makes your life worse in a significant way, it seems to me. Christ gave His life, that's what he says love is and, no doubt, what sacrifice is. It's not just giving up cable!

7:41 AM, August 09, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Amen!

7:22 AM, August 10, 2005  

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