VALUES OF SACRIFICE
T. Pierce Brown
Few of us know first hand the value of sacrifice, for we have seldom made any significant ones. A mother may sacrifice something for her children. Men and women make the supreme sacrifice for their country in time of war, but do you know of anyone who has made a deliberate sacrifice for Christ? Have you given up anything you really needed that the cause of Christ might be advanced?
It is our judgment that we have done a great disservice to the Cause of Christ by speaking and acting as if Christ neither demands nor deserves a sacrifice. In our gospel meetings, we say something like, “The clothing is ready. The water is warm. All has been prepared. All you need to do is come.” From then on, they get the idea that all they need to do is come. No one is ever asked to sacrifice anything, or even give very much, no matter how great the need. Even when we ask for help, we emphasize how much can be done if anyone does anything at all. For example, in the ONE NATION UNDER GOD program, we have truthfully said, “If even all the pre-school children of the church members were to contribute each week from their allowances, the whole program could be funded.” That is true, but we probably have contributed to the impression that we should always be thinking of the smallest possible amount that can be done.
What I would like to do is to challenge you to make some kind of sacrifice. I confess that I am not bold enough to urge you to make a big one, like selling your house and giving the proceeds. The Crossroads andBostonmovements did that, and many persons were so challenged that they did it. But when thousands were challenged to miss a meal and give the money toward mission efforts, thousands did that. Perhaps I should specify a particular sacrifice, but whether you miss a meal, miss a movie, or do without a trip toDisneyland, sending that amount to ONE NATION UNDER GOD, I will suggest that there is a value in a regular, weekly sacrifice of something for a soul.
We are sending little boxes that can be used as piggy banks to around 17,000 churches and individuals. If each church would have at least one class (and why each one could not ask every class, I do not know) to be reminded each week of the value of making some sacrifice for a soul, the amount of money we raise would be insignificant compared to the value of calling attention each week to the need for working with Christ in the greatest task on earth–the redemption of mankind.
If any congregation has the vision and courage (if it takes courage) to ask every class to participate, and will send a request, we will provide you with enough little banks for every person or class that will use them. We would like to have a follow-up report on the increased interest and enthusiasm in mission work as a result of such an effort.