Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 15 April 2018
Living a Life of Sacrifice
In the beginning Man had a good relationship with God. Adam and Eve had a good relationship with God until they fell into sin and were cast out from the Garden of Eden. From then on, man’s relationship with God was disrupted.
There are three kinds of death that we should be aware of:
· Spiritual death – temporary separation from God
· Physical death – dead physically
· Eternal death – eternal separation from God
We can avoid eternal death through our faith in Jesus Christ. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, our relationship with God is re-established.
God is so glorious. We cannot draw near to Him as He is Holy, just like the sun, which is so hot, and nothing can go near to it without protection. When we come before God, we need Jesus as His blood cleanses us from our sins so that we can come boldly before God. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for God and no other sacrifice is required when we place our trust in Jesus. In some religious rituals, believers need to bring sacrifices to their god, but our God gave us His perfect sacrifice – Jesus, His Only Begotten Son!
“but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,” (Hebrews 10:12 NASB)
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (Romans 12:1 NASB)
As committed believers, we need to bring our lives as pleasing sacrifice to God. There are two things that we need to learn about sacrificing to God: -
1. To prove you love God more than man
a. Abraham was willing to offer his son to prove his love for God (Genesis 22:1-19)
In the Bible, we read that Abraham trusted God and walked with God. Even when He was tested by God to sacrifice his only son, he did not doubt but brought his son as a sacrifice at Mount Moriah. That act spoke a lot about Abraham’s relationship with God. He loved God more than anything.
b. The offering from the widow who gave all that she had (Mark 12:41-44)
One day, while at the temple, Jesus and His disciples observed a poor widow putting two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents, into the temple treasury. He told his disciples that “this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” She loved God more.
2. To prove that we love others
a. Abraham treated his family well (Genesis 13)
In Genesis 13, Abraham and Lot’s flocks grew so great that they could not stay together any longer. Abraham allowed his nephew to choose the area that he wanted, although Abraham, as an elder, had the first choice. Abraham allowed this because he loved his nephew and knew that God would blessed him.
b. Give more than expected (Matthew 5:41)
We are called to give more than we expect. A few months ago, Pastor Djohan and his wife decided to sell their car to bless a pastor who started serving the Lord in Indonesia. He was prompted by God to give and bless that pastor. That gift enabled the pastor to serve well in his ministry. Although Pastor Djohan did not expect anything in return, someone came to Pastor Djohan and gave him a new car! When we choose to bless others, we become a channel of blessing for God and He will bless us.
We can also learn from Joseph’s life story. Although he went through many trials, yet he showed his love for his brothers. God used him to save his family during the famine. It was not easy but he trusted in God. “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20 NASB)
Today, bring your life as a pleasing sacrifice to God. It could be our time, our money or our energy, but let us bring it to God as a sacrifice to Him. When we make a commitment to God, we will see Him working in our lives to unfold His glory and to bless His Name.