Offering up?

April 7, 2020

             

My friend, may I ask you a question? In this sense, will the true and valuable sacrifice, that of our hearts, not be known or seen by others unless it is that which is going on behind the scenes, inside our hearts, that makes the work we do so important; for it is blessed by God and made truly acceptable in His presence.?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Here's a story: Recently a man by the name of Joseph Bau passed away. It’s a name you probably don’t know, but a story worth hearing. Bau was born on June 18, 1920, in Krakow, Poland. One of three boys in a prosperous middle-class family, Joseph had always been good at art, and at the age of 18, he enrolled in the University of Plastic Arts at Krakow. But the war interrupted his studies. His family was forced to move to the Jewish Ghetto, and then later to the Plaschow concentration camp. Because of Joseph’s partial education in Art before the war, the Nazis employed him in producing maps and signs for the camp. His job also enabled him to save more than 400 Jews by forging false documents and identity papers that secured their release from the camp. When asked after the war, why he didn't forge documents for him- self, he replied, “Then who would have done it for the other Jews?” In this respect, Bau represents in each of us the con- summate spirit of sacrifice that on the one hand brings service to others and, on the other, never draws attention to our- selves but points always in the direction of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. How is this? God has put within each of our hearts a spirit of sacrifice founded on the model of Christ’s sacrifice. (SermonCentral) 

 

As we serve others visibly with our works of love, we reflect the sacrifice that Jesus made possible through the shedding of his blood. As He was offered up on the altar of the cross, His physical sacrifice was obvious and necessary. So we too must show the world that Christians are willing to so sacrifice. Yet, Christ’s sacrifice was more than this. His was also a sacrifice of the Spirit. In His heart He secretly offered Himself up to God as the supreme spiritual sacrifice for all mankind. This was not obvious to the world but only known to the Father. Offering up His heart to God, Jesus made His physical sacrifice a whole sacrifice. Without the heart, the sacrifice of His body and blood would not have been enough. So too for us. Our work for the Kingdom must be work that, although visible, must always be sanctified through the spiritual. Then the offering of our work will become a pleasing sacrifice to the Father. 

 

In this sense, the true and valuable sacrifice, that of our hearts, will not be known or seen by others. It is that which is going on behind the scenes, inside our hearts, that makes the work we do so important; for it is blessed by God and made truly acceptable in His presence. As Joseph Bau was contented to work his sacrifice behind the scenes so that others might have freedom, we too should be so willing to look within our own hearts to discover the spiritual basis for the true and loving sacrifice that will cause us to share the gospel of Christ’s passion with others that they too might known the blessings of freedom through the physical suffering of Christ made acceptable because of His pure and holy heart. 

 

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34) 

 

We pray. Lord Sometimes we wonder—Is it really possible that all of our sins have been paid for by Your Son, Jesus Christ? How can it be that a lifetime of sin, our own and that of uncountable others could be borne by just one man? Yet, all we need to do is read of His agony in the Garden and hear of His intense suffering and we are reassured. Jesus paid the price we should have paid, and He did so out of love for those You created for Him. Thank you Father for this immeasurable sacrifice. Forgive us when we doubt if but for a moment. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! 

 

May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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