HOW CAN YOU CALL IT SACRIFICE?

Bible Reading:  Romans 8:18-25

When you consider some of the struggles and difficulties as you serve Jesus fix your eyes on the prize, Jesus Himself, and realize that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.”

On 4th December 1857 David Livingstone visited Cambridge University and spoke to the students at the Senate House. One of the students asked him a question about his sacrifice. He asked, “Is the sacrifice that you have made too great?” Here is Livingstone’s response:

“For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice, which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice that brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink, but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing compared with the glory that shall hereafter be revealed in us and for us. I never made a sacrifice.”

What an amazing response – a little hardship and struggle here below compared with glory that is to come. Like Livingstone, serve Jesus and fix your eyes on the prize that is ahead.

Questions:

Livingstone was passionate in serving Jesus, knowing that there is an eternal reward coming. What is Jesus asking you to do?

Will you fix your eyes on the glory that is to come and not let that be dulled by the struggles and difficulties that you face in this present time?