One morning, Jesus woke me up with a scripture. It was Matthew 10:35-39. This is where James and John came to Jesus and asked to sit on His right hand and the left hand. Jesus told them that they didn’t know what they were asking. Then Jesus asked them if they could be baptized into His baptism? James and John both said that they could be baptized into His baptism. Then Jesus turned to me and asked If I would be baptized into His baptism. I knew what He was asking me. Jesus’s baptism is death. I knew if I said yes, that at any given moment my life would be required. I also knew that if I didn’t accept this, I would miss God’s plan and blessings. I went back and forth trying to decide. It took me 3 days to decide. I decided that I wasn’t going to miss God’s plan for my life. That was about 40 years ago. But the sacrifice of my life was set from the foundations of world. Jesus is our example. He sacrificed His life for us. Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ who lives in me”. We are called to sacrifice ourselves in God’s cause. And yet today, if I am called upon by God, I will sacrifice myself for Jesus. It is for better to die to self and live to Jesus. This is the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.

Crain Blanchard.

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