November 13, 2021 - Sacrifice

In modern usage, the term sacrifice has come to connote the concept of "giving up" things for the Lord and His kingdom. However, in ancient days, the meaning of the word sacrifice was more closely tied to its two Latin roots: sacer, meaning “sacred” or “holy,” and facere, meaning “to make.” Thus, anciently sacrifice meant literally “to make something or someone holy.” Viewed as such, sacrifice is a process of becoming holy and coming to know God, not an event or ritualistic “giving up” of things for the Lord. Sacrifice is less about “giving up” and more about “giving to” the Lord.

L. Todd Budge, "Giving Holiness to the Lord", General Conference, October 2021

I'm slowly learning that sacrificing is making me a better person and more closely aligned to Jesus Christ as opposed to just giving me more control and willpower over my physical self. I'm thinking specifically of fasting when I say up food for a period of time. There are other forms of sacrifice and the same principle applies.

To sacrifice something doesn't have to be a huge gesture to the Lord, like say, giving up a limb, or laying down your own life, to be meaningful. It just has to be a bit uncomfortable. And going without something for a time, that you normally do frequently, like eating, is a bit uncomfortable.

This simple act not only helps retrains your brain and body to only rely on the sustenance factor of food as fuel, but it also retrains your spirit by more closely aligning it to Christ, the Holy One. It's the spiritual intent not the grandness of the sacrifice that matters.

This is why we need to be in the right mindset and right spiritset, if you will. Just going without food for 24 hours while not focusing on bettering your spiritual self too just leaves you hungry. It means nothing in the eternal perspective.

Remember, attitude and intention in sacrifice is more important than the act itself of sacrificing.

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