I find that Western Christians in particular are all too willing to accept the sacrifice without any sort of reciprocity, and this has bothered me since I was a child. I was told to ‘give my life to Jesus’, with no sense of what that meant, no follow-through. As a young Protestant, I was told that Roman Catholics believed that salvation was achieved by works, and that we believed it was faith alone. But I read in James that faith without works is dead. So where did sacrifice fall in there?
I’m a grandmother now, and I still don’t have it figured out. I don’t think I have to earn my salvation, per se, but I do think that failing to engage in acts of sacrificial obedience, such as described in Matthew’s gospel (I’m all about that book…) is failing to fully engage and be genuinely thankful for the sacrifice made for me.
Does that make any sense?