“There is nothing in the world as delightful as a continual walk with God. Only those who have experienced it can comprehend it. And yet I do not recommend that you seek it solely because it is so enjoyable. Do it because of love, and because it is what God wants. If I were a preacher, the one thing that I would preach about more than anything else is the practice of the presence of God.”~Brother Lawrence (The Practice of the Presence of God)
Galatians 2; 1 Corinthians 9
Don’t confuse sacrifice with surrender. They are siblings in the crucified life, but they are not twins. Sacrifice is offering up something at a given point in time with a measure of awareness as to both its merit and outcome. Surrender is putting into practice our sacrifice. Sacrifice is something that must be slain, done away with, a necessary death; you don’t get it back. Surrender transfers ownership; you get it back in spades, but someone else receives the credit. Christian sacrifice is portrayed in Scripture as an enduring surrender. “Crucified…nevertheless I live” (Galatians 2:20). “Present your bodies a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). Offering myself to God is essential; practicing the presence of him in moment-by-moment surrender is both the joy and beauty of sacrifice.