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Luke 2:7 (ESV): "7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."
All great things come with a price. Sacrifice is part of the process for anything good in life. Whatever the cost, it pails in comparison to the reward that is reaped for those who take hold of the plow and don't look back. Jesus is the standard of how far we should be willing to go.
A decree came from Caesar Augustus that all should be registered in his own town. Joseph took his pregnant wife Mary and they traveled to Bethlehem because he was of the house and lineage of David. When they arrived Mary went into labor and because there was no room in the inn she gave birth to Jesus in a dingy cave we call a stable. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes which were burial cloths and laid Him in a feeding trough. Talk about humble beginnings!
Jesus was born to be a sacrifice. The details around His birth describe the life He would live. He came to die so we could live. You too have been born to sacrifice. God has a specific plan for you as well. From the time you were born God has had something specific in mind that would require sacrifice on your end. Be who He has created you to be! Nothing more and nothing less. If you don't know what that is press into the Lord and tell Him you are ready for the mission. Know this, it will require an offering but the reward will far outweigh the ask. Press in and live out at all cost the mission He has for you, Amen?
Father, we thank You that You have a specific plan for us in this life. May we be willing to pay the sacrifice required to live it out. Fill us with a heart that beats solely for You and give us eyes that are dim to the distractions of this world we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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