Today's commitment dare is to live openly as a Christian before the world. Doing so invites criticism and the scrutiny of those looking for flaws in my lifestyle. One option is to simply become hardened to criticism and shun the critics. The harder path is to do as Jesus did on His cross and forgive those hurling insults and crying out for His blood.
Self- sacrifice is a brother to self-denial. When I deny myself I choose to reject comforts, pleasures or preferences in order to draw closer to Jesus. Self-sacrifice, as I understand it, involves giving of my time talent and treasure for the sake of others. My life must be lived in self-sacrificial partnership with the mission of Jesus in order to be truly Christian.