We like to emphasize the importance of being obedient: to the leaders, to the Lord Jesus and even to the vision of God for our lives. The apostle Paul stated that he "was not disobedient to the heavenly vision." There are many rewards in the life of obedience, and I know that for many, unfortunately, simply obeying is already a great challenge. However, there is a biblical standard of living that goes beyond "simple" obedience. Exceeds in terms of challenge, and exceeds in reward! I'm talking about SACRIFICE: the grace to go beyond obedience. The bible is filled with stories of men who have done more than needed, who have given themselves over and over. The result in their lives is inspiring.