Living Sacrifice – What place does ‘sacrifice’ have in the modern world? The Bible says it is central – and that sacrifice is not only a vital key to the future, it is the essence of a Christian’s life, today. Helen Roseveare skillfully weaves stories of sacrifice together with Christian teaching on the subject to show you how sacrifice is the key to joy.
I just finished this book. I love all of Helen Roseveare’s books but the arrow illustration she uses throughout the book is quite striking. In order for an arrow to serve its purpose, it must be free of all leaves and flowers, and all the wood that hinders it must be stripped away. Helen Roseveare shares about her experience as a medical missionary–all the ways God whittles, sandpapers, and works in her life. She also goes into depth on what it means to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and gives personal examples of each one.
In Helen Roseveare’s Living Sacrifice, she talks about the ways God whittled her like an arrow through her pride, education and nationality. I was encouraged that she responded to God’s prompting by repenting at various points during her mission, and then how God was able to use her to turn people to Christ. I will remember the saying, “No Rights!” I was impacted by how Helen saw it as a privilege to be “whittled as an arrow” and see how God is at work in my own life, plucking away all the leaves and blossoms from the branch. It brought me a lot of gratitude that God would do that for me.