Why can’t I sacrifice

September 20, 2007

If you check Perry Noble’s message “Going for it” (here), you’ll hear him say that today’s breed of Christian wants to advance the Gospel but does want to sacrifice anything to do it. This hit home with me.

I was reminded of the other night at poker. Because the same thirty to forty people come multiple days a week, you get to know names and faces; you get to start building relationships with your new poker buddies. Well, I started talking to two people on the end of my table, and we were having a really good time. Finally, the girl opened up her purse and said, “Do you want to see my card protector?” She pulled out a pin-button that had some remark about how women were better than men or something which was fairly humorous.

Then she pulled out a second pin-button that said something mocking the idea of organized religion. Now, if you’re from a Churched background, you might say, “right on”, and think that she was rebelling against the letter of the law, hypocritical, condescending Church mentality that you see in some churches today. No, she was against all religion.

The guy next to her quickly agreed; I didn’t say a word.

I missed a great opportunity. Why couldn’t I speak? Yeah, I had just met them, and I didn’t want to put strain on the new relationship. Yeah, I didn’t want to get into a heated debate over the validity of Jesus Christ, especially when that debate could lead to ill feelings left over for the rest of the sitting experience.

Or, maybe I was just scared.

While it was a combination of both, Perry’s message really spoke to me. He said that we’re scared to sacrifice, when Jesus Christ sacrificed it all.

What are you not willing to sacrifice? Is it worth it?

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3 Responses to “Why can’t I sacrifice”

  1. michaelbreza Says:

    I think you’re on to something. I feel the same call to minister to that group of people. We need to go to battle FOR them.

  2. kingspray Says:

    It’s just so easy, too. I mean, you see them anytime you want – captive audience. You’re instantly on good terms with them, because you’re playing poker with them. You’re in a bar already, so you could just as easily say, “Let’s get some food/beer or play some pool after we bust out”.

  3. Jessie Says:

    I’m scared all the time. But perfect love drives out fear. So I think if I knew God better, and truly loved the people I’m trying to minister to, then it wouldn’t really be a problem. You know?


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