Hebrews 13:15, Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name. 16And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

1 Timothy 6:18, Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series entitled, “Building A Great Life God’s Way!” We have learned that faith and commitment are a couple of key ingredients to building a great life. This week’s key for building a great life is- sacrifice.  Sacrifice is defined as surrendering or giving up something for the sake of someone else. We can’t have a great life if we live a selfish life

A final  thought of the week on living a life of sacrifice is that a life of sacrifice pleases God. Hebrews 13:16 states, “…And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” When we sacrifice for others by doing good and sharing what we have with them it pleases God.

At the end of the day, what could be greater than pleasing God. The Apostle Paul put it this way in 1 Timothy 6:18, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” When we do good and are willing to sacrifice for others, God is pleased and we lay up treasures in heaven.

Have a blessed weekend, and I hope to see you in church on Sunday!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D