Friday, November 03, 2006

Choosing Sacrifice

I am in the last week of the Beth Moore study on DANIEL. It has been one of my favorite studies and has challenged me in so many ways. I feel like I have been stretched.
In this past week's session, Beth stated that we must choose between the selfishness and sacrifice. This struck a chord with me, because I know that my selfishness is the root of other struggles--being impatient with my kids, being lazy, not serving with a joyful heart, etc. Satan does not always attack by using stuggles and tragedies in our lives, he tempts us to be selfish. He knows he will have victory if we are leading selfish lives.
Beth went on to talk about that choosing the sacrificial life will cost something, therein its worth. She used the beautiful story of Mary Magdalene pouring the costly oil on Jesus. Mary "got it." She was sacrificing, she realized His worth. Jesus responded in Mark 14:9 that she would be remembered for this act. The things that cost us much, that we sacrifice for, are what we will be remembered for in Christ's eyes.
Beth explained that if we miss the sacrificial life, we will miss our true purpose. We must be deliberate--the sacrificial life does not "just happen." I pray that I will count the cost of sacrifice each day and realize He is truly worthy of my sacrifice. I want to fulfill His purpose for me.


Anonymous said...

Wow!!!!! I really need to do this study. I love Beth Moore, I believe she is such an annointed lady!!! I am going to go on Amazon and see about ordering the book. This particular issue (sacrifice/selfishness) really jumps out at me!!

Thanks - Have a blessed weekend!

Paula said...

Wow! Sounds great. I have been planning to do a Beth Moore studying with my mother-in-law, so maybe I will give this one a try. I too struggle with selfishness.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog- I feel like I am on the same page with you on a lot of issues. keep up the good blogging- it is an encouragement!

Anonymous said...

I have been SOOOOO gone lately!!! Sorry. Just busy as usual.

Thanks for your words and thoughts. Good post!!!