Judges: A Drifting People, A Delivering God (part twelve)
Are you known for your selfishness or your sacrifice? Sometimes God has to take things away from us so that we'll recognize our tendency toward selfish indulgence. Such was the case for Samson. God had to "prime the pump" by removing something precious to him. Only then could Samson offer a willing sacrifice. Christians should strive for God's pleasure rather than our own, willingly offering ourselves for the good of others and the glory of God. As we prepare through Lent to celebrate the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus this Easter, may we learn what it means to sacrifice for God and others.