What Is Joyful Sacrifice?

Summit Life with J.D. Greear | 1/14/2019 | Staff
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What Is Joyful Sacrifice?

I’m sure Paul loved all the physical comforts of the world, just like the rest of us, but here he is modeling for us one of the most profound ways we will live out our salvation: joyful sacrifice. Joyful sacrifice is giving up something you love for something you love even more. Paul loved seeing people come to Christ even more than he loved his personal freedoms or personal comfort.

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What Is Joyful Sacrifice?

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When Paul told the church in Colossae, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you,” he was not revealing himself as some kind of sadist. He was not so spiritual that he didn’t care about trivial things like hot food and creature comforts and, you know, not being in prison all the time. He wasn’t so consumed by Scripture that he was oblivious to what was going on around him.

I’m sure Paul loved all the physical comforts of the world, just like the rest of us, but here he is modeling for us one of the most profound ways we will live out our salvation: joyful sacrifice.

Sacrifice - Something - Something - Paul - People

Joyful sacrifice is giving up something you love for something you love even more. Paul loved seeing people come to Christ even more than he loved his personal freedoms or personal comfort. And if he had to give up the latter to get the former, he’d happily do it.

It makes me think of the family in our church who recently moved to Malawi. They were pretty candid as they shared with me about the difficulty of giving up their home and leaving a lot of their comforts and relationships—and even their dog—so that people who have never heard the gospel can hear it and respond in faith. They aren’t doing this...
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