2 What is true of a sacrifice It must cost you something2 Sam 24:24What you invest isn’t expected to return to youThey are offered to God for God’s sake, not for our sakeThey aren’t convenient, they are intentionalNumbers 7:17,23,29,35,41,47,53,59,65,71,77,83 finishing with 88
3 An example of sacrifice My sacrifice, in obedience to what I know is part of my callThree things to be completed within the next 2 weeksDig dirt from under concrete slab in pump housePunch hole through the back cornerPunch a hole through the side of the well pit
7 What I learned over those two hours Your sacrifice may be one where you stand aloneYou may not have the “best tool” for the jobYou can exhaust yourself and it is important to restIt isn’t going to get done on its ownThere are times you will be tempted to just give upBut the sacrifice isn’t for your sake, so stopping is not an option
8 Sometimes he’ll send reinforcements And they’ll bring their weapon of choice
11 What I could have taken away from that 1.5 hour Why did I bother presenting my sacrifice?Maybe I should have just waited for someone else to come along with better tools.Was my sacrifice even worth it?Heaven’s YES
12 It is about the heartHad the dirt not been moved away, the concrete would not have broken throughHad the digging bar not been there, the concrete would still be in place (needed to pry it out)
13 What is true of a sacrifice? It must cost you somethingWhat you invest isn’t expected to return to youThey are offered to God for God’s sake, not for our sakeThey aren’t convenient, they are intentional
14 What are we instructed to sacrifice? Note: mercy and sacrifice – Matt 9:13, 12:7Psalm 107:22Psalm 141:2Jeremiah 33:11Romans 12:1Ephesians 5:2Philippians 4:18
15 So what then?Fearlessly, intentionally, tenaciously examine what you sacrificeDoes your worship cost you something?Does your offerings cost you something? (Tithes and offerings are different)Do you give thanks when you don’t feel like it?Are you willing to miss your favorite show to bring the sacrifice of prayer?
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