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Have you ever fallen in love with something that, as soon as you saw it, you wanted it? I think we all have been there. But what happens when it is so pricey that you cannot afford it? Most of the time, when you want something that bad, you work hard to obtain it. You do everything to achieve the prize, even if it is hard or implies sacrifice. Then, why is it so hard to do the same in our spiritual life? As we prepare to celebrate the Holy Week next week, let us take a moment to reflect on the importance of Jesus and His sacrifice. To receive Him, we must be willing to make sacrifices. Let us be bold and shed the things that keep us far from Him. Are you ready to commit and take that first step towards a more fulfilling relationship with Christ? 


Often, we see what we want, but we are not willing to pay the price; we do not want to make sacrifices or let go of things to grow spiritually. As human beings, we need to have certain things to consider ourselves fortunate people. Things like money, a house, a family, love, certain commodities, a car, clothes, friends, and a good job, among other things, are what we are constantly seeking. We spend our lives searching to fulfill a void that only Jesus Christ can fill. And the church is his body; it is made complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. Ephesians 1:23. We ask God for everything we want, but we cannot let go of things and give Him complete control of our lives. We do not want to make sacrifices, yet we demand things as if God owes us something when, on the contrary, we are the ones who owe everything to Him. 


Jesus paid the price with blood. Thanks to God's sacrifice, we can enjoy eternal life. God redeemed us, and the cost was His son's life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. There is no greater sacrifice than the one made for our spiritual lives, yet we often complain and resist when it comes to doing things that strengthen our faith. We may find it difficult to read the Bible, pray, attend church, listen to sermons, share our faith with others, resist sin, and avoid temptations. However, we may find it easy to make sacrifices and take action in other areas of our lives.


Following Jesus and obeying His precepts does not have to be a sacrifice; it is the least we can do to show gratefulness. We should do it with a joyful heart, as we do with other things. We should work hard to achieve spiritual growth and wisdom. Let us pray to God for the courage to reach new steps in our spiritual life. May He strengthen us by giving us the tools to combat idleness and laziness and help us fight tirelessly and perseveringly for our salvation. Let us make this week transformative by putting aside our distractions and focusing on what truly matters. The rewards of such a decision are immeasurable, and the time to act is now. Remember, the price we have to pay does not compare to the price He already paid on the cross. 


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