When Christians make sacrifices in this life choosing service to the church and to the Gospel instead of being self seeking it looks foolish in the eyes of the world or even too much to other ‘Christians’.
In reality we don’t make sacrifices beyond what Christ has achieved in and for us. We only live out our new self as citizens of heaven following the example of Christ Jesus in this life ahead of his glorious eternal reign.
Rather what looks like sacrifice to some is actually a great privilege to serve King Jesus and be part of what he is doing in the world through his church.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2.