If we want to do the kingdom work that God calls us to, we should not be surprised by the sacrifices required.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
Luke 14:28 ESV
The words of Jesus above remind us that choosing to dedicate ourselves to the work God calls us to will involve sacrifices along the way. I have experienced this personally, and seen it in the lives of those around me.
It may be sacrifices of finance because we volunteer or take a pay cut to support a non-profit, or business growth when we turn down a deal that goes against our standards, or time when we work instead of pursuing hobbies in the evening, or career when we are looked over or even fired for our beliefs and choices.
I was reminded of this last week when working on a volunteer project in the evening. I got to thinking, because of taking this on I have to sacrifice other things that I enjoy. That shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did.
Thinking through this further, I realized there are three things I do (or should try to do) that help prepare and motive me through the challenges.
As you examine the work you have ahead, take some time to pray that God will give you a heart of service and that you will see the sacrifices in light of eternity, not as missing on things here on earth.
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