Flirting with Faith

Flirting with Faith


Holy Saturday: Thoughts on Sacrifice

posted by Joan Ball

Woke this morning thinking about sacrifice and how infrequently most of us, myself included, actually sacrifice anything of true value to ourselves for God and others. Sure we give money to our favorite charities. But when is the last time we actually parted with money that would have gone to paying our bills or buying food for ourselves or our families for someone in deeper need?

And yes, we donate our time. But rarely when to do so places an inordinate burden on our own schedules or the needs of our immediate families and friends.

While there are many interpretations of what it means to live out the Christian faith, it is hard to weave through Eastertide without recognizing that following Jesus requires us to die to ourselves and reemerge a living sacrifice, learning to become people who can love and serve friends, enemies and the world beyond what is practical.  Yet we toss those words and concepts around, feigning awe at Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross while serving our own personal needs, comforts and political agendas.

I wonder what our communities would look like if we actually lived this out? If we dispensed with following Jesus in ideology or philosophy and began shouldering the cross in the world into complete, humble sacrificial service to others?

I suppose taking the step in my own life and encouraging others to do the same is one way to find out…



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credis

posted April 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm


amen.



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posted May 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm


I think this writing very helpful,thank you.



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Lyndsey Evans

posted July 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm


Hey Joan,
I love your story, and I love your blog.
As a Christian blogger myself I’m most interested in Christian media and I’m always looking for new stuff to write on, and I just figured maybe you’d be interested in the same thing.
http://bewareofchristians.com/

Beware of Christians is a Christian documentary that basically talks about exactly the same type of stuff you’ve been writing on, so I thought you might like to see it!
I can send you a copy of the DVD if you’re interested!
Hope you’re having a wonderful day Joan, best,
Lyndsey



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