No Sacrifice


     Last week on Good Friday I found myself reflecting, as is often the case at this time of year, on the sacrifices my Savior made in His life and death. But this season, I found myself asking a question, “What can I do? How can I repay my Savior for His sacrifice for me?”

    The answer seemed to echo through every fiber of my being…”Nothing, nothing at all….but....everything!”   

    “What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?” Psalm 116:12 (NLT)

    It’s a rhetorical question. There is no answer. There is nothing that I can do for the Lord for all He has done. So I do the only thing that I can.

    “I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.” Psalm 116:13 (NLT) 

    So I worship and praise the name of Jesus for all He has done for me…for giving up His rights as God to live as a man….for being tortured and then killed on the cross…for being separated from His Father so He could go to hell for me…

    And yet, this season, somehow this does not seem like enough. There is more that He is asking me to do. I wrote recently that He is calling me to surrender my all to Him, but this surrender is preceded by death. My death. Dying to myself is necessary so that I can live for Him.

    Romans 12:1 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” (NLT)

    This is the “everything” that He so gently is calling me to sacrifice to him. Surrendering myself, dying to myself, sacrificing myself, living for Him - this is what I can do for all He has done for me. 

    There is a song that the Lord has brought to my mind often lately.

    No Sacrifice by Jason Upton
    To You I give my life
    Not just the parts I want to
    To You I sacrifice
    These dreams that I hold on to
    Your thoughts are higher than mine
    Your words are deeper than mine
    Your love is stronger than mine’
    This is no sacrifice, here’s my life!

     And I realize, it really is not a sacrifice to give Him my life. It is the least I can do. It is the best I can do. It is for my good - for my best. It truly is “no sacrifice.”