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April 20th, 2009

by Craig Groeschel

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Someone defined sacrifice as “giving up something you love for something you love even more.”

This week we’ll talk about the honor of sacrificing for the glory of God in ministry.

  • Do you love reaching people far from God enough to allow some people to leave your church?
  • Do you believe in your vision enough to receive criticism from those in your own denomination?
  • Do you love reaching teens so much that many adults reject your style of ministry?
  • Do you love serving Jesus so much you’ll give up some of life’s comforts to do what God has called you to do?
  • Do you love Jesus so much you’re willing to be rejected by your friends because you’re very different from the rest of the world?

What do you love so much that you’re willing to sacrifice for it?

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  1. 1John
    Apr 20, 2009 at 7:18 am

    The Truth of Gods word and the sharing of the gospel. For me it’s all about true lifechange.

  2. Apr 20, 2009 at 7:23 am

    I love my husband. So much so that I sacrifice out of town trips to see family and friends to ensure that he remains free.

    It’s worth it.

  3. Apr 20, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I think this post is so great! You are basically asking…what do you “Stand for”. We all “stand for” something and we are willing to raise our hand or “stand up” in church among believers…But Monday thru Saturday outside of the building…What do we stand for? If we are not willing to “stand” for Truth among believers we will NEVER be able to stand for God in the world! Great Post!

  4. Apr 20, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Of course all that you said and more about ministry. But I love fashion, too. However I love integrity more so I give up the right to wear whatever I want so that I am dressed “cute” but not too sexy, plainly put! It’s a tug of war these days, but I want to look back and the people in my church never question what I get on stage wearing!

  5. Apr 20, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hey people!
    Just wanted to let you know that yesterday was the first official sunday experience of H3O Church. We were 19 (4 memebers, 5 kids, 7 christians and 3 nonchristians). At the end of the service, the result was this: 1 nonchristian and 1 lukewarm christian gave their life to Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those 2 souls being saved make all the efforts worth it! Thank you for you prayers!
    Craig, you asked “what I love the most”. I love preaching jesus name and reaching those who nobody else is reaching! I love it so much that is ridicule! But it ain’t just me: My wife learned to play the drums in 7 hours so we could have worship as we planned! Glory to God!
    Thanx brothers and sisters!

  6. Apr 20, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I guess our family actually does sacrifice a lot of things. But honestly, I forget. I was in a setting with my oldest son this week that reminded me how far away from normal we are. At first, it bothered me for him because I know how important all that stuff seems in middle school. But I’m glad we’re weird, and I’m glad he’s learning to embrace it. This post makes me think it’s time to push in harder until it’s too painful to forget.

  7. Apr 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

    My family and I decided to move across the country with no money or job or people or supporting church in order to plant a church, so I guess that was a sacrifice. However, the “sacrifice” has been rewarded 100 times over. We now have an awesome church, great jobs and realize that sacrifice, when required by God, is never a sacrifice because it always ends up being worth more than you give up.

  8. Apr 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

    This is a good reminder that living a life for Christ gives us no entitlment to anything. Instead it is a priviledge. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. 10Tye Male
    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Yes to all. My family is not up for #5. In its extreme case, I struggle with #5.

  10. Apr 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve definitely made sacrifices in all of these areas…I’d say though that like Tye I struggle with #5…seen way too many people who believe that to be different from the world means to isolate yourself from culture, and I’m pretty convinced that we should engage culture with the message of Christ. I’ve also seen very few non-Christians who will turn their back on friendship with Christians, but I’ve seen a number of Christians who have turned their backs on friendships with non-Christians.

  11. Apr 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    The ministry God is doing through me!
    The things God is doing in me!

  12. Apr 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    man, sacrifice is a tough word for me to use in a sentence - at least within the context of our culture here in America. other people often tell me how my family is sacrificing by living & church planting in the inner-city… hmmm, my response is:

    what one person calls sacrifice, another calls joy.

  13. Apr 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I used to look at the things I was doing/going though for the ministry as sacrifice. Now, I see I didn’t really have a choice. We always win when we obey.

  14. 15Jared B
    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Todd I love what you said about sacrifice!!
    And Chejoo that is so awesome! Praise God!

  15. Apr 20, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks, Craig, for always reminding us of what’s important in the midst of serving the church. Call me crazy, but none of those things seem like sacrifices to me! In God’s economy, we are gaining so much more and what the world has to offer pales in comparison.

    Having lived in another country now for three years, I am so grateful to God for the privilege and opportunity we have to see life from another perspective. God has been teaching me that all those things we tried so hard to hold onto (position, title, income, stuff) really don’t matter at the end of the day. I guess the real question is “What hill are you willing to die on?”

  16. 17Aaron
    Apr 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, our church is experiencing the 1st two questions right now. It’s been tough but God gave us a CHAZOWN and that is where we are going. We have made a complete 180 degrees from a 60yr old traditional sytle church to the church God wants us to become. Some have left but God has sent many more that are hungry and passionate for Jesus. We learned to accept that not everyone is excited about God’s CHAZOWN for our church……and that is O.K.

  17. Apr 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Craig, Jared, really thanx! :)

  18. 19david bonam
    Apr 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    “Blinded by the light,
    revved up like a duece,
    another runner in the night…”

  19. 20Avery
    Apr 20, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I was listening to a radio program tonight…

    Some Christians in China rode 36 hours on a train just to spend an hour with some American Christians… that touched me…mostly because to them it was a minimal sacrifice…for the love of their foreign brothers and sisters in Christ…

    They came with a woman whose husband had been imprisoned for 17 years for pastoring a church in China…

    When asked how she had been provided for for the last seventeen years, she smiled… and said “my brothers and sisters have taken care of me of course”…(meaning her church family)…

    I am with Chilly… I am not sure we americans understand sacrifice for the things of God in the truest sense…

    Since you asked… for me personally… I have been trained to sacrifice my personal reputation to speak the truth of God’s word…

    Small sacrifice in America, but one it seems to me few are willing to pay…

    I thank God for the love and sacrifice of brothers and sisters around the world, and their example to us…

    Great post, convicting to me… thanks for even bringing up the subject… so much more could be said about real sacrifice…

  20. 21Chris
    Apr 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    This is a tough thing I’ve been thinking about lately. I have been in full-time ministry for over 10 years now, but I’ve been feeling for the past couple of years that there has to be more out there for me to strive for in ministry. That has been a really strange feeling for me because most would say my family has made a big sacrifice to follow God’s calling into ministry. I find it odd that what once seemed like a stretch for me is now just what is and that I’m feeling called to something more. The challenge is discovering what the next phase in ministry is for me and my family. Thanks for continually asking tough questions.

  21. Apr 21, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I would love to plant a church in Salt Lake. Growing up there I know how lost and confused people are and what a legalistic view of Christ there is. Just talking about brings up the “you can never beat the church there, its too big” I know God is bigger.

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  23. 24Tammy H
    Apr 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I love this post! Many of things have I sacraficed for my love of Jesus. My parents, brothers, friends… but with my own family we have sacraficed many things, as well. I love Jesus! This reminds me to examine my life again…everyday. Lord all I have is yours! I commit to not allowing anyone else to alter what You would have me do.

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  25. 26Mike Lujan
    Apr 25, 2009 at 9:59 am

    We have learned as well that Sacrfice comes at our own comfort, wants/needs. While the day to day grind of work and family life takes a toll, the deep heartfelt drive that moves us to press on is the love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts for people!!

    As Evangelists we also are mindful of the dire need of Salvation for the lost world around us. And for the need of today’s church to be “real” for and to Him!

    We must remember the folks who in scripture who said, “but Lord we did this and that in your name” and His reply was He never knew them.

    Also as well saints that there are many now and more coming who will no longer endure sound doctrine, so we pray that our perspective and motivation is laid bare and is genuine before our Father and judge.

    God Bless,

    Mike & Tammy

  26. May 6, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I love my family so much (wife and 4 kids) that I am willing to sacrifice for them. I have been experiencing lately that the Lord is moving within me to think about this very issue: sacrifice — in every area of my life. It is tough to balance ministry and family life. Yet I want to be sacrificial as far as ministry is concerened, too, you know? I feel right now I’m involved with too many things to truly be sacrificial in what I’m called to do. I am do several ministries within our church and some outside the church. What I feel need to be about is one thing and doing that one thing with all the passion and desire within me — sacrificing for the sake of the call. I am right now in an appointed position where I was brought to a place and told this is what I’m doing. But I really, really can’t do this anymore. I feel so called to one thing and I feel so called to be out of the box, being radically different, into the community, drawing people to Christ and not to a building. Sacrifice … wow … I am deeply meditating on this right now. I’m listening, God. What are you saying to me about this?