The Christian Life Of Sacrifice
This book is on the sacrificial aspect of the Christian life. It talks on the reasons why we ought to make sacrifices as Christians, its benefits, and its rewards both temporal and eternal. It places Jesus Christ before us as the perfect example and studies his cross so as to be able to define ours. Please read and be blessed. More
This is one of the books I broke off from my previously published book, "The Light And The Shining Light." In this book, I wish to write on the subject of the Christian life of sacrifice, as I see that this scriptural concept of the Christian life has been thrown away and trodden underfoot by many professing Christians. Christianity today is all about earthly gain. This is a source of a major problem as it affects all of our view of scriptures, our service to God, and the Christian life generally. Sacrifice depicted by the cross has always been the emblem of the Christian faith, but today, looking at the mindset of people about the faith, the sermons from the pulpit, etc. I suppose if the way people see the Christian faith is the way it is, we may as well get rid of the cross and put on the top of every church, coins, a mansion, a luxurious jeep, fine shoes, etc. The cross at the top of church buildings today is usually a misrepresentation of the mindset of the people within the church. So the mindset of the people within the church has to be corrected to conform to the emblem of the cross. This is the first and foremost essence of this book.
I believe that the church, from the time of the apostles, down the lane of history up to this present time, have always suffered serious identity battles, and when not well fought by the church, it turns into an identity crisis. Many times the church has fallen into a state of identity crisis in which Christianity is attributed to people who are not Christians but merely claim to be. However the identity battle of the present has been poorly fought by the church and has degenerated into a horrible crisis that has gone to another dimension peculiar to only our time by many indications. It is very important in times such as this to redefine who we, as Christians, are. The name of our most holy faith has been badly misrepresented, politicised, misused, and abused. Vain persons who have occupied the leadership posts of the church, for sake of gain and vanity, have opened the doors of the church wide to every dog, pig, wolf, goats, ravens, vultures, and every manner of unclean beings to dwell with the sheep. For only by this could they reach their vain goal of leading a church with a mega crowd. Were they to maintain the scriptural stance of what a church ought to be, this their dream wouldn't be achieved, especially not so cheaply as they're achieving it. Were they to maintain scriptural stance of what the church ought to be, they may just end up with a handful of people. So while Christianity is the faith of the flock of Jesus, our depressing identity crisis portrays the flock of Christ to include sheep, dogs, pigs, wolves, goats, ravening beasts, etc. This is a dire identity crisis that must be addressed.
Seeing therefore that the church is currently suffering from a severe identity crisis, we must make every effort to redefine who we are according to that which is written in the scriptures. We must make that which is narrow appear narrow for broad is the way that leads to destruction. The second essence in writing this book is that I, by it, contribute to this effect.
There are many things that qualifies a Christian. And one of the principal and foremost qualification of a Christian, after baptism, is that he bears his cross. Without a cross a man can't be a Christian. Jesus says clearly in Luke 14:27, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." It just is not possible.
It is my sincere prayer that you, the reader, would come to see the importance of this glorious calling to bear our cross and follow Jesus, gladly bear the cross and reap its reward both in this life and in that which is to come. God bless you and thank you for reading.