A sacrifice isn’t really a sacrifice unless it costs us something.
Speaking to His disciples, Jesus said we would be known as His followers by how we love one another (John 13.35). He later added to that saying that there’s no greater love (or stronger commitment) than someone who lays down their life for their friend (John 15.13).
Laying down our life for our friend can be expressed figuratively through giving our time, commitment, or even physical possessions. It can also be expressed literally like a soldier sacrificing their life for freedom or like Jesus giving His life for us on the cross. Either way, laying down our life is always a sacrifice.
Here’s a story about a young man who was willingly ready to give his life, literally, for one he loved.