False Sacrifice

Another thing I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is the practice of sacrifice. The Church is always harping on about giving sacrificially (usually in terms of money and finance), but I really feel that the Church has lost the meaning of what it means to be sacrificial in living a life that is bent around and moulded into the shape of the kingdom.

I remember a few months ago we had a special collection in the church service for a particular need. I already gave money to the church that I didn’t have, but I felt compelled to give on top of that. Have you ever been in that situation and you ask yourself, “How much shall I put in?”. And then you start wondering whether you should empty the change in your wallet or let the plate pass by or something else. Well, I had a figure in mind which I was comfortable with, and at that point God said very clearly to me, “I’d rather have nothing than something which you were comfortable in giving away”. That spoke to me so I added a zero to the figure and put it in the offering plate. And as soon as I did it I was worried that I wouldn’t have money for the rest of the month.

Sacrifice involves a pinch. It involes sacrifice. I’m not talking about being irrational and careless, but Jesus calls his followers to be sacrificial in giving. Doing stuff that may even have an adverse affect on your self interests. And it’s something which I’m really convicted about, and equally something that I’m not very good at.

Yet I know that God gives me daily opportunities to be sacrificial and I don’t take them. Why?

I’m going to try and live more sacrificially in my life (and feel free to pull me up on it!). If I’m called to be a vicar then to me, a vicar is not only someone who fits all your stereotypes (only good ones of course, but then again that may well be subjective!) but someone who is also sacrificial in their lives before God.

The book of Malachi in the Bible records the story of priests who weren’t sacrificial and it ended in a terrible disaster. If it’s one thing I don’t want my ministry to be, it’s a disaster. I want my ministry to be messy, but not a mess. I want it to be sacrificial, but not inflated. I want my ministry to be full of Jesus, but little of self.

But sometimes the wants in life are never easy. I think that applies here. How are you going to be sacrificial this week? What is your idea of sacrifice?

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Sabina James

    This is a timely reminder. To sacrifice till I feel the pinch! God has set the bar high, hasn’t He? I appreciate your honesty and reminders of our high calling. God bless and multiply your efforts for Him and His kingdom.

    • Sabina, thank you for your encouragement! It was one of those posts where I didn’t know whether I should post or not, but I didn’t think I’d be alone in feeling the same things within this context. He has set the bar high, but if it means that people are going to come to know him and that the world is going to be changed through us, then so be it! I’m game! Though I definitely need his help on this one!! God bless you!