“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45 ESV
Recently I picked up John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership in which I found the following statement which made a profound impression on me:
“The higher the level of leadership you want to reach, the greater the sacrifices you will have to make. To go up, you have to give up. That is the true nature of leadership. That is the Law of Sacrifice.” 1
How true is it not for us Christians? We have to give up our wills, our families, our time, our dreams, our talents, our money, our desires, our very beings, in order to go up to Heaven and live with Christ for all eternity. From others’ perspective our sacrifices are for nothing. But, we are only following in the footsteps of God, our Saviour. He gave up eternity in Heaven and all the riches and pleasures Heaven affords. He gave up the special communion He, our Father and the Holy Spirit had. He gave up the world of light to come to this world of darkness only to be mocked, ridiculed, slandered, and murdered by us so that He could save us. He endured the ultimate form of humiliation: an innocent man dying the public, tortured death of a criminal.
Jesus who invented the Law of Sacrifice lived by it–even died by it. And we are called to do the same: to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him. Are you willing to count the cost?
Loving Father, You sacrificed a lot just so that You could commune with me. You placed Your Son and Your Kingdom on the line just to save a vagrant like me. Thank You for Your sacrificial leadership. Please give me a heart like Yours, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.