If I don’t make the sacrifice for what I want, then what I want will be the sacrifice!
PRECIOUS GIFTS GIVEN
Wise Men honored the Christ child with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Those small but costly items were probably obtained at some sacrifice by each of the Wise Men.
The idea behind the Wise Men’s gifts was their sacrifice, not just in terms of value given freely, but also in terms of the significant amount of their time their journey took to seek and visit the Christ Child.
“Like the Wise Men, who sought the Christ child and offered Him gifts, we too should seek Jesus and lay before Him our most precious gifts—a broken heart and a contrite spirit, our love, and our willingness to take upon ourselves His name and walk the path of discipleship. … We follow Him as we remember Him always, emulate His example, and go about doing good. … He offers the gift of salvation to all of God’s children.” Elder David A. Bednar
A HEARTS INVESTMENT
Think of Abraham and the love and faith he had for God. How was he able to walk with Isaac for 3 days, knowing that the purpose of their journey to Mt Moriah was to do Father’s will and sacrifice his only son.....the son he and Sarah waited so long for?
Obedient to his Father’s will, with Isaac on the alter, Abraham, with heavy heart, was posed ready to invest all that he had! Then came the blessing from heaven...an Angel of the Lord stopped him, saying, “Abraham … lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” See Genesis 22:1–14.
Abraham must have been overcome with joy when he was no longer required to sacrifice his son. But he loved the Lord so much that he was willing to do anything the Lord asked.
‘You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.’ - Gordon B. Hinkley
SACRIFICE HELPS US PREPARE TO LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
We may not be asked to sacrifice all we have. But like Abraham, we should be willing to sacrifice anything.
Only through making our heartfelt sacrifice in this life can we enjoy eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Many who have lived before us have sacrificed all they had. We must be willing to do the same if we would earn the rich reward they enjoy.
What are you willing to give away to come to know your Savior...to be in His presence?
Will you......can you......sacrifice your will, your time, love, comfort, pride, worldly desires, your wealth, your physical and emotional needs, to be in His presence?
The things we cling to are the things we most need to let go.
“And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit.” 3 Ne. 9:20.
SACRIFICE BRINGS FORTH THE BLESSINGS OF HEAVEN
Sacrifices aren’t given or made, with out something in return. Our sacrifices will bring forth the blessings of heaven. Blessings will come when we offer our heart felt sacrifice.
Just like Abraham’s story....what is sacrificed returns magnified. Abraham received an abundant posterity because of his willingness to sacrifice his will, his desires, to do the Fathers’ will.
Think back through the years, what blessings have come to you or your family because you were willing to do Father’s will in the thing you were faced with?
When we are willing to give our all and sacrifice what we are holding on to, the Savior promises blessings and abundance—not in the monetary sense but rather the abundance of a full, happy life that comes from being able to recognize the good in this world, see the Lord’s hand in our lives, and know His will for us.
Christ came into the world, “that [we] might have life, and … have it more abundantly” John 10:10.
MY GIFT FOR HIM
The Wise Men who came from afar to worship the Christ child did not offer gifts of greater meaning than those we can unselfishly give from the heart. What is a gift you could offer from your heart?
What can I give Him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb.
If I were a Wise Man I would do my part,
Yet what can I give Him?
Give my heart.
~ Christina Georgina Rossetti
Our ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ requires one gift....one gift that we could offer to the King of Kings.
If you had only one gift that you could give, what would it be, and who could you give it to?
THIS WEEKS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
1 - On your Journal page, take some time to think about the one gift that you are willing to give or sacrifice to be in the presence of God. Allow inspiration to come that will help you to know in your heart an appropriate sacrifice for the desires that you are seeking.
You will want it to be an ultimate tribute or sacrifice, not costly but, from the heart. Write in down.
2- Write in your ‘Sacred Journal’ the thoughts and feelings that are going though your mind at this moment. Share the feelings that came into your heart when you were reminded of Abraham’s sacrifice, did you feel it was more than your faith could handle? Or could his example strengthen you to make your ultimate sacrifice? Trust in the Lord , He can enable you to move forward and take this big step.
Write anything that comes into your heart that you would like to share with Him.
3- On your ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ Map, on the space for #3 Gift for the King, you can write out your summary of the gift or tribute that you are willing to offer or present to the King of Kings when you get to your ‘Bethlehem’.
4- I invite you to share, in the comment section of this Whisperings Blog, your thoughts and feelings about any experience you have had as you travel along on this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’. We would all love to be inspired by your experience.
Find the Journal Page, the Journey to Bethlehem Map, and Sacred Journal Page under ‘Journey’ in the navigator tabs.
Take courage and be led by the dreams in your heart!