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.