has become a religion to some. The happier they are, the more spiritual they think they will be.

Illustration:

On August 26, 1910, a teenage Albanian girl, Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was born. She was only 12 years old when she was convinced that she would devote her life to religious life. She left home at age 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary. She never again saw her mother and family. She arrived in India in 1929, and began her novitiate in Darjeeling, near the Himalayan Mountains. She took her solemn vows on 14 May 1937, while serving as a teacher at the Loreto convent school in eastern Calcutta. Although Teresa enjoyed teaching at the school, she was increasingly disturbed by the poverty surrounding her in Calcutta. On 10 September 1946, she experienced what she later described as "the call within the call" while traveling to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling from Calcutta for her annual retreat. "I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith”. Her works of charity has impacted the whole world. We know her today as “Mother Teresa”.

With the numerous touching accounts of human sufferings for a good cause, I would say, “To Shed a Tear with the People of God is more significant than to Shout a Cheer with the People of the World!”


3. Godly Sacrifice Vs. Worldly Treasure!

Heb 11:26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

We live in an era where the prime motivation of life and efforts is to gain, although, at times we lose. Everyone wants a fat paycheck, robust bank account, steady income, and all the likes. Who doesn’t want them? We all do. But when we are challenged to let go a big fraction of what we possess for a godly cause, we think twice, maybe more.

Moses lived in affluence and luxury. He had the royal rights to enjoy the best riches of Egypt. But he knew he’s a son of a Hebrew slave. It was a tough decision to make, yet he chose to follow the way of sacrifice. Moses knew.. and so must we know ….


First choice,
a. The Eternal rewards of Sacrifice

Sacrifice, in its practical sense, has its eternal rewards. We will be remembered by what, and how much, we have given away that impacted people’s lives. National heroes and heroines are remembered, not by what they have accomplished for themselves, but by what they have contributed to their country. Their names echo through generations.

Second choice,
b. The Temporal rewards of Abundance

Many people have the mistaken notion that the more material things they possess, the more they have security and peace. Not always true. Sometimes, riches can be a fuse that ignites one’s disaster. Besides, personal riches last only as long as physical life lasts. Material riches are for this material world. We