For Thy Sake

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. —Luke 9:24

A Christian poet of a bygone generation wrote a rather long hymn around a single idea: You can, by three little words, turn every common act of your life into an offering acceptable to God. The words are “For Thy sake.”…

All this seems too simple to be true, but Scripture and experience agree to declare that it is indeed the way to sanctify the ordinary. “For Thy sake” will rescue the little, empty things from vanity and give them eternal meaning. The lowly paths of routine living will by these words be elevated to the level of a bright highway. The humdrum of our daily lives will take on the quality of a worship service and the thousand irksome duties we must perform will become offerings and sacrifices acceptable to God by Christ Jesus.

To God there are no small offerings if they are made in the name of His Son. Conversely, nothing appears great to Him that is given for any other reason than for Jesus’ sake. If we cannot die for Christ we can live for Him, and sometimes this is more heroic and will bring a larger reward.

“For Thy sake.” These are the wondrous words which, when they are found in the heart as well as in the mouth, turn water into wine and every base metal into gold.

Lord, whatever seemlingly small thing I am called on to do today, let me do it joyfully for Your sake. Amen.

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