Sacrifice is not the easiest thing to do.
My first wife and I had tried for six years to have a child. My wife was going to have this child for me. I love children and had always wanted them; my wife did not feel the same. Well, after six years we were blessed with a beautiful (daddy’s little girl) girl. I was on top of the world.
This spring that same daughter who is now 15 years old, told me she wanted to move back to her mothers’ in Kansas. This was a devastating blow to me. Her mother is a devout atheist, and lives with a man out of wedlock. I just knew this was not a good environment for a new (accepted the Lord two years ago) Christian to be in.
I went to the Lord in prayer. I prayed for his intervention. I prayed for him to turn her heart and stay home with me. I prayed and wept for days, but I did not listen for an answer. I KNEW I was right in my prayer.
One evening in the solitude of my prayer, I heard the answer. The answer was not what I wanted to hear! The Lord said with the kindest voice “let her go”. I said, “Lord, my heart is breaking, I can’t bear to let her go. This is my child! I can’t let her leave! Please, please stop her.
The Lord replied, “I know your heart ache, remember I let my Son go”.
That was the answer, and I knew I had to let her go. On May 30 of this year she left for her mothers’ in Kansas.
I know the Lord has a purpose for my daughter to be with her mother. I now look forward to what will develop. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
God made the ultimate sacrifice for us by sending his only Son to die for us: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
How much of a sacrifice are you willing to make in serving the Lord. Will you sacrifice an evening to visit the lost, sick, or elderly? Will you sacrifice a half hour after church to shake peoples’ hands and tell them how good it is to see them? Will you sacrifice a weekend to chaperone a group of kids so they can go on a mission trip? Will you sacrifice a day to knock on doors to invite children to vacation bible school? Will you sacrifice one hour to call visitors to your church?
What will you sacrifice?
Remember, the ultimate sacrifice has already been made for you.