Tiny Sacrifices

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.” Isaiah 12:2-5

Preacher, teacher and writer Fred Craddock, in an address, caught the practical implications of commitment and dedication. “To give my life for Christ appears glorious,” he said. “To pour myself out for others … to pay the ultimate price of martyrdom—I’ll do it. I’m ready, Lord, to go out in a blaze of glory.

“We think giving our all to the Lord is like taking a $1,000 bill and laying it on the table—’Here’s my life Lord. I’m giving it all.’

“But the reality for most of us is that he sends us to the bank and has us cash in the $1,000 for quarters. We go through life putting out 25 cents here and 50 cents there. Listen to the neighbor kid’s troubles instead of saying, ‘Get lost,’ Go to a committee meeting. Give up a cup of water to a shaky old man in a nursing home.

“Usually giving our life to Christ isn’t glorious. It’s done in all those little acts of love, 25 cents at a time. It would be easy to go out in a flash of glory; it’s harder to live the Christian life little by little over the long haul.”

That’s true, isn’t it? It is the daily, day-in and day-out discipleship that challenges us, stretches us, and calls us to cast ourselves on the grace of God.

Centuries ago, the prophet Isaiah reminded his people: “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

To be faithful in those little acts of love requires intimacy with God and a connection to God that daily refreshes us and empowers us and helps us to keep on keeping on. Do you know that empowerment, the strength that enables you to mount up like eagles, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint? You can. It comes from cultivating intimacy with God through daily prayer and Bible study, fellowship and service.

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