READ: Romans 5:7-9
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…
It is human nature to desire to do things that will benefit themselves. We often help ourselves by helping others. Therefore when there is no reward or incentive it is difficult to find individuals that are willing to help, much less sacrifice for the well being of another. Many think: this person has been good to me I will also help them or vice versa, but Christ exhibited the ultimate love towards us who are undeserving. What are we doing in return? He sacrificed himself so that we can be saved. He took up his cross and died for many, yet modern Christians are not willing to lift a finger.
Christ didn’t think: these people mistreated me I will not save them; these people disrespected me I will not save them. Rather even on the cross he was interceding for us saying father forgive them for they know not what they do. We were saved from wrath through Christ by the shedding of his blood. We were made in the image and likeness of Christ; hence we must be able to sacrifice as Christ did to save others.
One way to sacrifice as Christ did is to fall to the ground and die. You must die to self to show love to others. In doing so, you win followers for God. Dying to self is not a sign of weakness. Being humble and obedient, foregoing your own will does not mean you are an easy target to be taken advantage of. Rather you develop a personal relationship with God. May God grant us the grace to be able to sacrifice.