John 10:17-18, King James Version (KJV)

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. Some live and give sacrificially. Jesus gave his life sacrificially; when He had nothing else to give, He gave His life.

Sacrifice means the power to lay down. When we talk about power we talk about the spirit. When Jesus says He has power, He means He has the spirit.

John 12:24-27, King James Version (KJV)

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Death is the pathway to glory. Those who detest death will never access glory. Those who keep their lives, have it sub-standard.  Those who lay down their lives enjoy fullness of life.

What is Sacrifice?

  1. It is going beyond your best; dedication is just putting in your best.
  2. It is living under necessity (1 Corinthians 9:15-16). There are things you choose to do and there are things you are necessitated to do.
  3. It means to be bound to Christ and tied to His will. It means to do what is inconvenient.
  4. It means to follow Christ at a cost (Luke 9:57-62).
  5. It is a call to death (2 Corinthians 1:9; Phillipians 1:21).
  6. It is Stretching beyond the limits in your commitment and service to God (Galatians 2:20).

Bishop Oyedepo once said ‘I have never seen any demand too hard; the greater demand, the greater the excitement’. People may tag you as extremist but it is going to the extreme that leads to extreme blessings. All men who made generational impact lived sacrificially; they went an extra mile.

  1. Sacrifice is the spirit of Christ (Luke 12:49-50). Jesus was straightened and stretched in carrying out His assignment because it was a sacrifice assignment. You cannot spread unless you are prepared to stretch. The limit of your stretch determines the limit of your spread.
  2. Dedication makes servants but sacrifice makes slaves. There are many who live as servants of Christ but few who live like slaves. A slave is someone living without a choice (Ephesians 6:20; Philippians 1:7; Colossians 4:3, 18; 2 Timothy 2:9). A slave in those days was like a house property, they can even be killed without question by law. The concept of sacrifice is to be bound by choice. People who live sacrificially are practically tied to their calling; they detest convenience.
  3. It means to be restrained from freedom. People who live sacrificially cannot do what others are doing. They are restrained from normal life. The bondage is not to demean a man; it is a choice (1 Corinthians 9:19). It makes the person a servant to all.

Most pastors just minister to spiritual needs. When you find a pastor ministering both spiritually and materially, then he has gone beyond the limit.

Jesus disciples hadn’t received the spirit of sacrifice therefore when Peter saw death face to face he denied him.

Characteristics of the Spirit of Sacrifice

  1. It enables you to stand alone in the pursuit of Christ. You need this spirit so that you will not be concerned about other people’s opinion.
  1. It enables you to love God to death.The last test Christ took Peter through was love (John 221:15, 17). When that spirit comes on you, you no more care for your life.
  1. You feel no pain or costs. Others may be crying or feeling for you.
  1. It enables you to serve with joy and willing (Hebrews 12:2; Psalm 40:8). It creates a delight in you
  1. it renders your stewardship as worship People who live sacrificially are the true worshippers. Worshipping isn’t just singing. It is living it. Abraham went alone to sacrifice Isaac. Even Isaac at 17 years didn't struggle when Abraham bound him to lay him down as a sacrifice.

Rewards of the Spirit of Sacrifice

  1. You become God’s delight (John 10:17).
  2. Honour (John 12:25-26).
  3. Fruitfulness (John 12:24).
  4. Dominion (2 Timothy 2:12).
  5. Access to covenant blessing.

As that spirit possesses you today it will take you beyond your wildest imagination.