In this corner- Weighing half as much as it should in service of others: SUPERFICIAL.
In this corner- Weighing twice as much as we can bear in service: SACRIFICIAL.
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble.
Lately I have been drilling myself with this question- Am I serving others superficially or sacrificially? The answer is yes. Somedays one and in some ways the other. Superficial meaning serving from the surface; the easy stuff. Serving with the readily accessible and convenient stuff. What I know is my heart’s desire is the latter- To serve others sacrificially is to represent Jesus in the world around me.
What does that look like? Well- it’s a slugfest of left hooks and right jabs to the face, followed by a few gut pounds, rib shots, rope-a-dopes, and haymakers; because life gets messy and it hurts A LOT at times.
The odds of finding me in an actual boxing ring are slim to none for two reasons:
1. I have the arms of a T-rex
2. I have the legs of a corgi dog.
Thanks for the help, gene pool.
If I knew I was going to get my face served buffet style to the recess of my skull- it would be foolish to step into the ring knowing the fate that would await. We call this counting the cost.
Jesus told His followers,
"If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. '”
-Mark 8:34-35 (NASB)
Jesus endured and took on a lot more punishment than I could imagine- even in a boxing match. He is showing his disciples a price quote for what it costs to follow Him. That’s the picture that beckons the question for me of sacrificial service.
I can’t think of anyone with more skin in the game than Jesus Christ. I am beginning to feel that many of us have more to invest in the lives of others. Be it time, money, prayer, resources, presence, love, or bacon- I want to begin to give more of myself for others and live more sacrificially than I thought possible.