“Sacrifice” sounds like an old-fashioned word. In the land of plenty, most of us rarely sacrifice. But what if we did? What if God called specifically for a sacrifice—for us to give financially or otherwise to promote His kingdom?
One pastor asked every person in his congregation to sacrifice something meaningful for a 40-day period. If someone chose to sacrifice a material possession, then the sacrifice would be permanent, but people could choose to give up a time commitment or even a food item. The choice was to be a sacrifice in time or possessions in a way that would honor God.
Some people fasted once a day or once a week and gave the money they would have spent on that meal to church or a mission project. Some gave up spending money on a particular hobby and donated those funds, while others gave up spending time on social media or video games and devoted their time to reading the Bible or other Christian literature.
What would you sacrifice for a specific time period and how would that obedience honor God?
Sammie Jo Barstow lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and struggles especially with sacrificing time.