Day 3: Consider His Sacrifice–Praise Emphasis Week

1 Peter 2:21-24 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Talking Point: What does the word “sacrifice” mean?

Illustrations: In popular usage, we speak of sacrifice as giving something up in order to gain something more valuable, such as . . .

  • “sacrificing”  to pay for Christian Education because we believe what we gain from doing so is well worth it.
  • “sacrificing” a few extra minutes of sleep in order to get up and exercise because we think losing weight or staying fit is valuable.
  • “sacrificing” some small purchases, such as candy, toys, etc., in order to save up for something more worthwhile, like a new baseball glove or a trip to summer camp.

These scenarios may be mundane, but they can help us understand Christ’s sacrifice for us. Christ loved us so much that He paid an unimaginable price so that we could be redeemed. Christ was willing to make a sacrifice because He deeply valued the righteousness of God and the redemption of His people. What a humbling thought!

Talking Point: What are some ways Christ is calling our family to sacrifice for Him?

The passage tells us to “follow in His steps.” If Christ thought that righteousness and redemption were worth sacrificing for, we ought to as well. Think through some possible sacrifices that you can lead your family to take for the sake of God’s glory:

  • Join/faithfully attend church because meeting with God’s people and hearing God’s Word is worth it.
  • Regularly give to the church because participating in God’s work and watching Him provide is worth it.
  • Invite a lost neighbor for supper because the chance to lead someone to Christ is worth it.
  • Offer to babysit for a frazzled mother because the joy of serving is worth it.
  • Shovel an elderly person’s driveway because it is worth more to give than to receive.

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