In honor of Memorial Day and those that have sacrificed so much, I wanted to look at the word “sacrifice” in greater detail. Using an online dictionary, the closest definition of the word sacrifice as related to those that have served our country is this:
“Destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.”
Our men and women of the Armed Forces agreed to surrender their lives for the freedom we have here in the U.S.A, and those that have lost their lives paid the ultimate price. I’m so thankful for all that have served and are serving today. It’s truly not without cost. The cost is very high- you may die in battle or you may suffer in your relationships. Destruction of the family unit, alcoholism or other addictions are frequent with those that have served. Many are emotionally scared and physically disabled for the freedom that we enjoy.
Jesus know’s about sacrifice. He died for all of mankind. He laid down his life willingly. He was beaten beyond recognition. He ended life at the age of 33. Jesus knows about dying for freedom, because that’s why He died, for our freedom, to free us from sins grasp. He overcame the grave and defeated our foe, Satan. We are called to sacrifice as He did. Not necessarily by dying, although many have, but we to be a living sacrifices for the Lord. Look at this passage from Romans 12:1-2.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Paul is addressing the Roman Church and it is also a message to present day believers as well. Paul uses the word sacrifice. We are to be living sacrifices. In this way we are worshiping the Lord. Sacrifice in this passage is translated in Strong’s Lexicon #G2378 thysia: it’s primary mean is “to offer up to the Lord”..
Am I offering up to the Lord my life? All my desires, my goals and my plans? I hope you asked yourself that along with me. It’s not easy to be a living sacrifice. It’s never easy to release our goals, plans and desires, but it’s worth it. Just as we thank those that honored our country, if we live for the Lord He will one day say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”. And I say to those that have served, “I thank you for what you’ve given and all that entails. Happy Memorial Day.”