Can You Be An Extreme Sacrifice?

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This week’s sermon focused on “Can I Be An Extreme Sacrifice”:

John 11:1-4John 11:1-4
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

11 1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.  

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I absolutely love this passage because, with everything that has been going on in my life, it is nice to know that it’s not simply because I pissed God off.  Although I’m quite sure I have, it is not the only answer to the struggles that I have found myself encountering.

How deep is this really?  The fact that Lazarus was allowed to die simply so that God could have the glory is baffling and yet it makes a lot of sense spiritually.  It is yet another testament to Him being the Alpha and Omega and desiring our worship.  One of the main points of this sermon was to remind us that God retains the right to go to any lengths He deems appropriate to have His name glorified.  It’s also a hard pill to swallow for us sometimes.  It’s also a nudge of a reminder that some of the situations that we find ourselves in kinda pale in comparison to being allowed to die in order to prove that God is God.  So, I’ll take my “simple” circumstances of raising my daughter on my own, dealing with inadequate finances, broken marital promises and parents couple with siblings who never loved me in stride!

It’s All For the Glory of God
It is clear from the text that some of us are going through our circumstances NOT because we have done wrong but so that others will take notice and give God the glory when He brings us out and delivers us.

What Faith Really Means
Faith means that we must learn to trust God in advance for  what will only make sense in reverse.  This struck a nerve for me, particularly because I had a revelation a couple of months ago about my current situation.  A friend of mine said, “aren’t you glad that he showed his true colors now as opposed to 10 years from now?”  It was then that I was on my path to realizing many more things.  Sometimes God allows bad things to happen to us for the greater good.  While I do not claim to have all of the answers about why my situation occurred, I will say that so far — it makes sense in reverse.

All in all, the message received was that we should not prematurely judge God because of our circumstances.  If we hang in there, it will eventually become clear to us.  The question is — can God use you to glorify His name?  Can you be an extreme sacrifice?