Let me begin with a question: Do you shop online?
I’m sure you do. Actually, everyone does these days. Companies like Amazon, eBay, or Zappos are online retailers that have become a staple within the American household. In fact, I would assert that some shop online more than some shop in store. That could be the primary reason we have a retail store crisis within our country. But, I digress. Today, I want to talk about filters. All of these online retailers allow you to filter the product for which you seek. You can filter by brand, type, occasion, rating, or even shoe weight. But, of all these filters, there is one filter that everyone uses: Price Sorting. Specifically, sorting the price from low to high. Why? Every budget contentious person wants the best quality for the cheapest price. It’s human nature. Why would I spend $50 on a product, when I can get that same product for $35? The obvious answer: You wouldn’t. We, as humans, seek the lowest price for the greatest value.
Let me ask another question: As a Christian, do we sort our sacrifices from low to high?
Sometimes, I think we do. Being a Christian entails a lot of sacrifice. Sometimes, that sacrifice is physical and, sometimes, that sacrifice is emotional. But, no matter the type of sacrifice, what is the worth of your sacrifice? Think about it in these terms. If God continues to bless me and my family, what am I doing in return for him? Some would say, “Well, I sacrifice a lot of my time”, or, “I’ve given up a lot for God.” But, in actuality, they haven’t really sacrificed much time nor given up much for God in the first place. In fact, some have sorted their sacrifices from low to high, attempting to get the most out of their Christianity, while sacrificing the least. Okay, how should we sort our sacrifices? Obviously, we should sort high to low. You see, God sacrificed His son on a cross for us (John 3:16). And, through that sacrifice, he gifted us eternal life (Heb. 10:12). Bar none, that was the greatest sacrifice in the history of our world. As God’s creation, we owed a debt we could not pay (Matt. 18:24), and because Jesus paid that debt, we are forever in His debt. Here’s a basic principle of debt: Being in debt means making sacrifices to fulfill or repay that debt. So, here’s a suggestion: Live your life in order to attempt to repay that debt you owe to God. Now, that might sound a little unreasonable. But, the first step in the equation is to present yourself as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1), which is the highest form of sacrifice we can offer as humans.
Reader’s Verse of Encouragement: Luke 9:24
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.“