If I told you that you could go down to Jeff Lungren Chevrolet and buy any car, any one car on the lot, any one you wanted for $500,000. That is all, it would cost is 1/2 of a million dollars. Would you be excited about going down there? Would you do it? Would think that was a good deal?
Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention one thing; the $500,000 is monopoly money. Now what do you think? I think you would make that “sacrifice” with joy. I think you would do it in a New York minute. In the same way, if I asked you to give up everything that this world has to offer that will one day become out dated or out of fashion, or rust, wear out, and accept all that Christ has to offer that will last eternally, the term “sacrifice” takes on a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?
Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Luke 9:23-24). Jesus is asking us to give up temporary, things, material things, things of the world, i.e. play money, to gain that which is eternal, that which never wears out or is out dated. When you consider what you get in return, you are wiling to make the sacrifice with joy. When you give it to God, the return always exceeds the cost.