THE LAW OF SACRIFICE
For centuries, people worshiped the living God by sacrificing animals. If you probe nature you will observe the prominence of sacrifice in all the spheres of the material plane. Mineral is sacrificed to vegetable, vegetable is sacrificed to animals and human beings etc. Of a truth I tell you, rejuvenation of all life on planet earth and all the materialistic growth and progress solely depend on perpetual sacrifice and endurance of pain. Obviously, sacrifice lies at the root of planet earth’s evolution.
SACRIFICE FOR HIGHER LIFE
The conversation between the master Jesus and the rich brother man clearly shows that he recognized the law of sacrifice. I will show you. MATTHEW 19: 16 & 21…AND BEHOLD, ONE CAME AND SAID UNTO HIM GOOD MASTER WHAT GOOD THING SHALL I DO THAT I MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE? JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, IF THOU WILT BE PERFECT GO AND SELL THAT THOU HAST, AND GIVE TO THE POOR, AND THOU SHALT HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN: AND COME AND FOLLOW ME. The rich brother man was told to sacrifice his material possession. He was told to give up something he valued to gain everlasting life. The master Jesus was encouraging the rich brother man to do away with material prosperity. Now, was the rich brother man willing to sacrifice his material possession for treasure in heaven? I don’t think so. MATTHEW 19:22… BUT WHEN THE YOUNG MAN HEARD THAT SAYING, HE WENT AWAY SORROWFUL: FOR HE HAD GREAT POSSESSIONS. The rich brother man walked away. He cannot imagined himself getting rid of his present enviable status. Getting rid of his wealth means he should sacrifice his wealth and embrace poverty in order to gain future and everlasting happiness in the spirit world. I wish to make clearer the law of sacrifice has four stages.
1.Sacrifice part of your material possession, so that you can gain enhanced earthly prosperity.
2. Sacrifices made through acts of charity.
3. Sacrifices offered to deities to bring about positive transformation in one’s life.
4. Sacrifices made to gain everlasting life instead of material wealth, power and influence.
Countless people indulge in the first and second stages of sacrifice. Many people gather used clothes unwanted household items and some equally purchase provisions etc. and convey them to orphanage and motherless babies homes. Most people do this because of love and genuine sympathy they have for the less privileged in society. Others indulge in acts of charity to attract divine favor and blessings of God. Very well, according to your faith it will be done unto you.
SACRIFICE MADE TO GAIN EVERLASTING LIFE
The sacrifice offered to gain everlasting life instead of material wealth, power and influence, is the most difficult. You are well aware of a great many deaths of migrants, passing through the Mediterranean Sea and the deserts. Such despondent people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for better life and prosperity. Illegal immigrants, would have not embarked on such perilous and unpredictable voyage for the sake of attaining everlasting life in heaven. I mourn whenever I remember society is swarmed by materialistic churches that harps on prosperity, miracle, open-ended, materialistic prayers, and payment of tithe. There are no shortcuts to heaven. None of the aforementioned can take you to heaven after death. Sacrifice of the lower self is the key. Indeed, it is extremely difficult to sacrifice the lower self-pronto. I urge you to do it by installment.
THEN JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, “IF ANYONE WISHES TO COME AFTER ME, HE MUST DENY HIMSELF AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME. AND THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH ITS PASSIONS AND DESIRES. …FOR THE ONE WHO SOWS TO HIS OWN FLESH WILL FROM THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION, BUT THE ONE WHO SOWS TO THE SPIRIT WILL FROM THE SPIRIT REAP ETERNAL LIFE. ….FOR THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH ARE AGAINST THE SPIRIT, AND THE DESIRES OF THE SPIRIT ARE AGAINST THE FLESH, FOR THESE ARE OPPOSED TO EACH OTHER, TO KEEP YOU FROM DOING THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO. FOR IF YOU LIVE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH YOU WILL DIE, BUT IF BY THE SPIRIT YOU PUT TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, YOU WILL LIVE. …FOR THE GATE IS NARROW AND THE WAY IS HARD THAT LEADS TO LIFE, AND THOSE WHO FIND IT ARE FEW.
Material things are irresistible, but it is your responsibility to strive to surrender your materialistic desires by installment, for the sake of attainment of everlasting life. As you strive to do that gradually your insatiable interest in the life of sensation and glamour will start to wane and you will not be affected by prosperity doctrines, because you are at the verge of realizing the truth. MATTHEW 16:25 FOR WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT: AND WHOSOEVER WILL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE SHALL FIND IT. In the end you must let go of the material life you cherished so much.Your material life which you threw away will be replaced with everlasting life. JOHN 12:25… HE THAT LOVETH HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT; AND HE THAT HATETH HIS LIFE IN THIS WORLD SHALL KEEP IT UNTO LIFE ETERNAL. This is the law of sacrifice in action, sacrificing your lower self is the ultimate purpose of life. THEN JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, “IF ANYONE WISHES TO COME AFTER ME, HE MUST DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME. If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself. What is self-denial? Sacrificing your lower self, your materialistic desires. Eventually you will realize your lower self which you gave up was an illusion.
Herculean task you might say? It is the law of sacrifice that found a perfect expression in the life of the master Jesus and eventually in the lives of all his sincere followers on planet earth.
FIRST STEP: TO BECOME A GOOD PERSON
In society, bad people are more numerous than good people, Society will certainly experience rapid growth if we have more good people. The responsibility of every mortal is to strive to become a good person. It is not an easy task. Anything worthwhile is not easy of attainment. From the spiritual point of view, we believe a good person status cannot be attained in one lifetime. It is a gradual process carried on life after life. For instance, two boys in a family must exhibit distinct characteristics. One is kind and selfless, and the other boy is wicked and selfish. We believe the kind and selfless boy is exhibiting certain perfections attained in a previous live or lives. However, in this present life he will battle to get rid of other imperfections within him. In order to become a good person you must take control of your emotions, your mind and moral sense. You must identity with a God fearing religion, practice discharge of religious duties and do goodness. You must strive to help, uplift, and show love, to others. When all the aforementioned are done, you will attain a good person status.
SECOND STEP: HOW TO DEAL WITH THE UNSEEN LIFE
The moment you attain a high level of perfection in your day to day earthly life, it’s time to move onto the next step which leads up to the strait gate or the path of holiness, the path that leads to attainment of everlasting life. In this second step, you must labor to acquire certain attributes. You are not expected to develop these attributes perfectly, but try as much as you can to make progress in all of them. Your mission is to prepare a pure home for Christ who is to develop within you.
Discrimination is one of the attributes that needs to be developed. The reason why many spurious pastors are thriving in society today is because countless people cannot distinguish between true and false. Countless people are easily swayed by what they see. As a person, striving to make heaven within your mind you must begin to distinguish the true from the false, the real from the unreal, the everlasting, from the temporal, and the heavenly, from the earthly. As you gradually develop the mental faculty of discrimination, you will experience certain wonderful changes. that is;
WHAT IS REAL TO MATERIALLY MINDED INDIVIDUALS, WILL BECOME UNREAL TO YOU, AND WHAT IS UNREAL TO THE PEOPLES OF THIS WORLD, MAY BECOME REAL TO YOU.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:18…WHILE WE LOOK NOT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN, BUT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN: FOR THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL; BUT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL.
HEBREWS 5:14…. BUT STRONG MEAT BELONGETH TO THEM THAT ARE OF FULL AGE, EVEN THOSE WHO BY REASON OF USE HAVE THEIR SENSES EXERCISED TO DISCERN BOTH GOOD AND EVIL.
Of a truth I tell you, much later what is not real to you but is real to the peoples of the world will certainly bring about inward refinements. The sense of unreality will develop within you; repulsion, odium, hatred for that which is not real to you, and the glittering things of this world. Amazing as it may sound, a deeper true love will arise out of this hatred. Any genuine person striving to pass through the narrow gate to become a child of heaven, cannot escape this stage of development. The master Jesus said something about this stage. I will show you… LUKE 14:26… IF ANY MAN COME TO ME, AND HATE NOT HIS FATHER, AND MOTHER, AND WIFE, AND CHILDREN, AND BRETHREN, AND SISTERS, YEA, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. Quite revealing, The heavenly candidate must learn how to control his thoughts. Thought control will certainly lead to control of actions. From the spiritual point of view, thought is the same as action. Meanwhile, on planet earth, thought and action appears to be two separate things. For instance, on planet earth you may be harboring the thought of slapping the irritating wife of your landlord for such a longtime but physically you have not slapped her. As long as the physical abuse has not been carried out no offence has been committed. But it is not so in the spirit world. In the spirit world, Thought is the same as action. Remember what the master Jesus said pertaining looking at a sister woman lustfully. I will show you… MATTHEW 5:28… BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT WHOSOEVER LOOKETH ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER HATH COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HER ALREADY IN HIS HEART. Obviously, most Christians yearn for prosperity, and enjoyment, of all the good things of life. They act as if prosperity is one of the requirements for attainment of everlasting life. I want to make clearer, prosperity is not one of the requirements for attainment of everlasting life. Christians yearning to tread the path of Christ must acquire endurance, and learn to cope with long and bitter suffering. In addition to that, the heavenly candidate must develop faith to which nothing is impossible. Lastly, the heavenly candidate must crave only for those things which are above and yearn to become one with the almighty God. When a brother man has imbibed all the aforementioned qualities into his character, such a brother man is regarded fit for initiation into the everlasting life and the strait gate entrance will open for such a prepared heavenly candidate.