Day 9 | This Is No Sacrifice
BY PASTOR ROCHELLE HEILBRUN | JAMESTOWN CAMPUS PASTOR
This week I keep hearing myself say the words “Elevate your thoughts,” and I didn’t realize I was even saying it until I sat down to write this blog. The practice of “elevating my thoughts” is one that has taken years to make a habit, but it’s one of the best practices I’ve ever found to do.
There’s an old song by Jason Upton called “No Sacrifice” that I enjoy reflecting on. The songwriter sings out: “Your thoughts are higher than mine, Your words are deeper than mine, Your love is stronger than mine. This is no sacrifice, here’s my life.”
As we are over a third done with the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, I can’t help but think of this song. It’s no sacrifice. To be at a place in our walk with Jesus that fasting becomes “no sacrifice”…that is where I want to be.
Although the Bible encourages us over and over to be fasting and praying, seeking the Lord, the Bible also teaches us the “why” behind our seeking of Him! David declares to the Lord in Psalm 42:1, “As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, so my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God.” We seek the Lord because of our deep longing for Him. Fasting is no sacrifice if I am truly longing to know God. Fasting is a byproduct of the overflowing love I have for Jesus.
As the next week and a half comes, I encourage everyone who reads this to make Jesus your focus. Yes, we should present our requests to the Lord, but when we choose to make Jesus the focus, we will truly elevate our thoughts. When we make Jesus our focus, we start to want what He wants, we start to desire what He desires, to see what He sees, we start to feel what He feels, and know what He knows.
As we elevate our thinking, and ask the Holy Spirit to show us how to elevate our thinking, we will learn to live a sacrificial life that doesn’t feel like sacrifice. The words to this song keep ringing through my thoughts, “…this is no sacrifice, here’s my life.”
Ask the Lord, today, to teach you how to make Him the focus of your thoughts. Ask Him to guide the rest of your fasting and praying so that your thoughts are elevated to His thoughts. As you surrender your thoughts to His thoughts, you will surely know His will.
Pastor Rochelle Heilbrun