Since sacrifice is an investment we can understand some of the resistance just by looking at human’s propensity to avoid investment. Again we learn about spiritual things by observing the pattern in natural things. (I Corinthians 15:46)j
Look how hard it is to sacrifice the desires of immediate pleasure for a future investment. Here’s a peek at our preparation for retirement:
But the truly eye-opening numbers in the 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey are the percentage of Americans with little or no savings set aside for retirement – 27 percent report having less than $1,000 in savings, 43 percent say they have less than $10,000 set aside, and more than half (54 percent) have less than $25,000 saved.
It’s no surprise, then, that U.S. workers are pushing back the retirement goal line. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) report delaying their retirement in the last year, with most of those reporting an economic or finance-related reason. And 33 percent of workers expect to retire after age 65, triple the number back in 1991.
Taken from EconWatch March 9,2010
As we struggle with sacrifice that produces investment and savings in the natural, so in the spiritual. Our flesh wants to live for the immediate. Our flesh wants maximum pleasure now. Our flesh is not prone to put off pleasure for something less pleasurable, even if there are rewards promised.
Jesus said it this way, “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
I’m here to tell you that the flesh is trainable. That you can present your body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. You can train your flesh to make appropriate sacrifice in worship, prayer, intercession, giving, serving, church building and cultural influence.
You, in the new creation, have authority over your body and flesh nature. Remember and remind yourself today that Jesus is in charge (Lord) living in your spirit and guiding your soul and your body into realms and choices of sacrificial investment, and these decisions will pay great rewards. A “retirement” of blessing awaits you!