Are you willing to make some sacrifices? What about the sacrifice of self? Do you want it bad enough? Is it worth your efforts? All these questions and more must be considered if we desire success in our life. Many times we have to pay the price! What is the price of success? Sacrifice! Sacrifice is to give up some things for the sake of others. Often, we have to give up ourselves for the sake of others.
Sacrifice for others!
"Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Many people have heard about what God has done for them. In John 3:16 it reads,
" For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whomsoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Many have heard this, but have not taken time to meditate on what this means. It means love. God's great love has been sent to us and it has been poured out for us. It is the greatest love that could ever be given and God has set this love as a banner over our life. How great is our God? That He would give to us His only begotten son and that His son would give His life to save his friends. Do you know that you are his friend? Jesus is your friend! He is this constant banner of love that flies above your life every day. This banner of love is a reminder to us that in that midnight hour of our fear, when we may not feel Him standing near, we can lift our eyes above, and see this banner of love! Jesus loves you! Are you going through hard times today? Lift your head high, God loves you! Are you worried about the future? Lift your head high and remember Jesus loves you! He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
“Then Jesus said unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Mathew 16:24
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38, 39 God's banner flies high everyday above our life, just look up and give Him praise!
Do you desire success in life? Deny yourself and get ready to set your hands to the plow!
Success in life won’t just jump from the sky and fall into your lap, it requires sacrifice!
Here is a Checklist for the Win!
Prioritize what matters the most!
Count the Cost of what it will take!
Deny yourself and become a Living Sacrifice!
What matters the most?
With God his mission is to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10
When determining what matters the most we must consider what we are willing to give to make what matters most our number one priority.
What matters the most to God is souls and in keeping with counting the cost, he became the sacrificial lamb who gave his life for us on the cross. He was the man that gave! He is the leader that became the Living Sacrifice.
LOVE IS PRIORITY
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 1Corinthians 1:9
It seems that we often sell ourselves short and it could be because our aspirations are based upon what we think we can achieve. The old adage, "The sky is the limit" is not true, so what is the limit? Philippians 3:14 inspires us to reach higher, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." What is that mark and its prize for reaching it? While the prize gives reference to Eternal Life with Christ Jesus in heaven, it also includes many of the greatest things in life, such as the best of the land, that perfect mate, the will of God, and the surprising accomplishments that only God knows about and has prepared for us! We are closing in on another Graduation Ceremony, another promotion opportunity, another great achievement for God and for others. It's now time to take another look, is it really all that God has intended for us? God intends for you and I to move on towards our hopes and dreams, and towards His mark.
God has a great plan for you and me! There is no limit, it is His mark, and He will reward us with His prize. Rethink it all, and re-establish your mark of success. Do not settle for less!
Do not sell yourself short, you are more than anything that you have imagined yourself to be, and your life will be more than what is seen now. You have set your love on Jesus and He has a great plan for you. Our vision and our understanding, is limited, but God has so much more prepared for us!
"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee.
LOVE IS PRIORITY! PURE RELIGION IS LOVE!
THERE IS NO SUCCESS WHERE THERE IS NO LOVE!
LOVE IS SACIFICE! A SACRIFICE OF SELF FOR OTHERS!
ISAAC GAVE HIMSELF FOR OTHERS!
A highly effective person will give themselves for others! God saw that we needed this and he gave!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on him would receive eternal life.” John 3:16
Isaac didn’t know that he would become an example of giving; he just obeyed his father and surrendered his life to a purpose greater than himself. He became:
A LIVING SACRIFICE!
In doing a quick recap we discover that leadership and success up to this point depends on the following:
- Staying the course
- Making a choice for right
- Not listening to the Nay-Sayers voice
- Standing firm without doubt
- Obeying what is right
- Setting priorities
- Making the sacrifice
Periodically throughout this book we will review the characteristics required to achieve the greatest success in life.
Whatever it takes is a principle that is aggressive. It determines that we are willing to lay down the road to get there despite obstacles that seem to stand in the way.
LET OUR LOVE