NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT
- Key Verse
- Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
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No sacrifice is too great in light of Christ's sacrifice for me.
ReflectionsIf you have ever run a long distance race, studied late into the night for a final exam, or worked overtime long after everyone has gone home, then you have certainly asked yourself at one point or another: Is this really worth it?
In the same way, if you have prayed tirelessly without ever hearing a clear answer, served faithfully within a ministry without seeing much fruit, or shared God's love with a friend countless times only to be rejected, then you have certainly asked yourself at one point or another: Is this really worth it?
If you are weary or in need of encouragement to persevere today, Paul's exhortation is for you: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58)
On what does Paul base his exhortation? He bases it on the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ. Death is defeated, sin is forgiven, and life and hope are offered to us. Consequently, Paul is able to boast, "Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:54b-55)
I can hear Paul urging us on today like a coach pushing his players through the final period of a long, hard-fought game. "Be steadfast," he shouts to the weary. "Be immovable," he exclaims to those who consider quitting. "Abound in the work of the Lord," he says to the faithful. Why? Because "your labor is not in vain."
If you are struggling today because the fruit of your labor is not apparent or your prayers seem to go unanswered, remember Christ's sacrifice on your behalf. Then, you will see that no sacrifice is too great in light of Christ's sacrifice for you.
Hang in there, my friend. Keep serving. Keep praying. Keep sharing. Keep pursuing Him. It's well worth it!
Discussion Questions1. Do you agree or disagree with the idea that no sacrifice is too great in light of Christ's sacrifice for you? Explain.
2. Would others describe you as being "steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord"? What would keep them from describing you this way?
3. In another letter, Paul wrote, "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith." (Galatians 6:9-10) What can you do today to encourage others in their faith?
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
1 Corinthians 12-16 (July 2-6)
Read 1 Corinthians 12.
• What does the Spirit give each person?
• Does every person have the same gifts?
• Why is it important for each believer in Christ to use the gifts that God has given each of us?
• What example does chapter 12 use to show why we each need to use our gifts for God's glory?
Paste this link in your browser (http://wmcc.jointhejourney.com/page_/3912) to review some of the various spiritual gifts, as well as examples of the ways in which those gifts are manifested. As you look over the list of spiritual gifts, which ones do you feel are specifically gifts that you have?
Activity: Do this activity one night at dinner. On slips of paper, write: cover eyes, tie hands behind back, can't walk, can't talk (if you have more than four people, write some of them more than once). Have each person draw one of the slips of paper. This is what that person will do or not be able to do throughout the entire meal. To show the need for everyone to use their gifts, everyone will have to work together so that everyone can eat and get the food and drink they need.
After dinner, talk about what it meant for others to use what they had to help you. What a great picture of why God used the body working together as an example of what it means to bring Him great glory!