Of Sacrifice & Virtue ~ B

The choice of sacrifice is the pursuit of virtue. Both sacrifice and thus virtue Jesus chose. This reflects the true nature of His disciple, those who would lift their cross and follow Him.

It is a world away from much of western Christianity, to even consider subduing the flesh. Rather we launch into prosperity, while our very own master knew no place to lay His head.

Consumed too with doctrine and duty, we have failed to observe the Lord's call for sacrifice and His counsel for virtue. Such thoughts find no spiritual yeast in our minds that they can rise.

Even Christians pursue vice, unheeding the voice of virtue.

After 2000 years the call to sacrifice as the Lord did continues less appreciated.

The targets of virtue remain.

Sacrifice screams from the Cross, while virtue pens no treaties with sin.

The value of sacrifice lies within betterment for both friend and foe alike, while the value of virtue lies in its concealment.

Lord, You have come to me in my neediness and my nakedness and not despised me. Lord, You have come to me with sacrifice and purity. Lord You have come to me and been good to me. I praise You Lord. Amen

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of Himself that He had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, He set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, He stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, He lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. (Philippians 2:5-8 - The Message)

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'The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer'. ~ F.B. Meyer

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