Love and Sacrifice are inseparable. We are constantly looking for ways to love without sacrifice but then it is not love. It is in accepting God’s sacrifice for us and our sacrifice of everything for him that we are able to break free from sin and begin to discover how great his grace and love for us is.
Why we need sacrifice
- God wants us to live in a state where we realize the depth of his love for us and depend on him for every need.
- Whatever you want to achieve in life is going to require sacrifice.
- Examples of what happens when people make sacrifices. Parking lot, children’s church, worship
The purpose of sacrifice
- Sacrifice is how God takes care of his kids.
- Example how someone sacrificed to help someone else.
The rich ruler proved he did not love Jesus more than his wealth
- Luke 18:18-30
- You cannot produce your own meaning in life, your own worth, your own security. Spiritually speaking, if it’s not God who is the source of your meaning, then you’re in bed with something else.
- “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.”
The rich ruler did not see the danger inherent in his wealth
- Just as there has never been a fire that said, “Enough fuel, I’m fine now,” so there has never been a sinful heart that said, “I have had enough success. I’ve had enough love. I’ve had enough approval. I’ve had enough comfort.” Oh, no. The more fuel you put into the fire, the hotter it burns, and the hotter it burns, the more it needs, the more oxygen it is sucking and the more fuel it requires.
- My inability to die is stopping my ability to harvest.
- There was once a monk who found and saved a precious gem. One day, the monk gave this gem to a beggar on the road. The beggar was stunned and thankful but ultimately caught up later with the monk and said, “Give me something more precious than this gem.” “I’ve got nothing more to give you,” replied the monk. “Oh, yes you do,” said the beggar. “Give me what moved you to give me this gem.”
Just as God asked the ruler to sacrifice his wealth, Jesus sacrificed all for us.
- Many people feel that God loves them because of what he gives them. But the Christian knows God loves him by what he sacrificed for him. Giving does not require love. Sacrifice requires love.
- What humans are too self-focused to accomplish on their own, God does by changing the heart.
Home Group Questions
What are some characteristics of a good mother?
Who has been a mother to you that was not your biological mother?
What is an example of a sacrifice motivated by love for someone?
Among the people we know, what is an example of “love” without sacrifice?
- In the story of the rich ruler, why did he go away sad? What did he want to happen?
- Why did Jesus not seem to sympathize with the rich rulers sadness?
“But whatever things were gain to me,” he said, “those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ”.
- According to Paul, what is of greater worth than money or anything else? How can that be true?
- How can we apply that to ourselves?
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
- What is a sacrifice of praise? How can that help us?
- Who do you or would you be willing to sacrifice for?
There was once a monk who found and saved a precious gem. One day, the monk gave this gem to a beggar on the road. The beggar was stunned and thankful but ultimately caught up later with the monk and said, “Give me something more precious than this gem.” “I’ve got nothing more to give you,” replied the monk. “Oh, yes you do,” said the beggar. “Give me what moved you to give me this gem.”
- What shared difficulty in humanity does this story illustrate?
- What does a person gain by sacrificing for someone else?