Today as we commemorate the ANZAC’S (for my non Australian friends here’s a definition):
I’m capturing a moment of time when I felt the spirit of the Lord remind me of the eternal value of sacrifice. Admittedly it was last year and only now am I writing down my thoughts, the joy of a holiday.
The sacrifice of men, women and families in war is huge and one that I honestly struggle to understand it is so far from my reality and family life. I feel like ANZAC day so moving and almost holy, tears rise easily to my eyes when I pause and imagine what and who has suffered for me and my beloved country Australia. I also hear the Lord challenging me to revisit the heavenly value of sacrifice. Not just historically but right now in my life as both a mother and a follower of Jesus.
When my babies arrived, (I have three), I was so besotted and overjoyed that I had finally had a baby (after 7 years of infertility battles) it wasn’t hard to sacrifice sleep – it was love. As my kids got older it was harder to have a sacrifice of love when they demanded my constant attention. I couldn’t pursue my personal goals in my working life, I didn’t have the spare income to buy the clothes I wanted of and I didn’t have the house looking like I wanted to. Then to not feel like it is my “right” as a mother to demand a return from my children.
In my many years of serving in a church, when I was young passionately in love with Jesus and “green” it was easy to sacrifice. Now that I have served for many years I find it is a more conscious effort to leave my sacrifice before the Lord as holy and not look at it as an investment. Sacrifice is not an investment plan! Tithing is not a heavenly saving scheme. There is a key heart difference that I need to work on, as I’m a living sacrifice. Not a dead one.
Sacrifice, especially the giving of a life, like our ANZACs, is precious and priceless in the sight of God. It has an eternal value that God uses and is never wasted or lost. Even when I sacrifice in my home, my friendship my ministry … it is holy and eternal, never lost or wasted.