Sacrifice in a Selfish World

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

The art of taking a good “selfie” reveals much about the postmodern world in which we live and our fascination with ourselves. Yet every May, we observe a holiday that honors the exact opposite value. Established in 1868, following the Civil War, Memorial Day is a time to honor those have given their lives in battle so that we might enjoy liberty and freedom.

Altruistic actions, such as sacrifice and surrender, should be expected not only in the military but, in the lives of those who put their faith in Christ Jesus. In 2 Timothy chapter 2, Paul writes that “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” Paul’s analogy clearly illustrates that the Christian life should be characterized by sacrifice and total devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. Divided loyalty and half-hearted obedience is unacceptable and potentially deadly for both the military soldier and the Christian believer.

As you look forward to the upcoming holiday weekend, remember that it came at a tremendous cost. Memorial Day is an opportunity to ask yourself, “Am I willing to surrender myself to the one who gave Himself for me?”