DON’T FEAR SACRIFICE
Sacrifice. It seems like a scary word, especially when you think of things you may have to give up when living on a pastor’s budget. But don’t fear. It may be true that at times you can’t afford the same kind of home, car, vacation, and clothes as your friends and extended family members—but many things are worth far more than money and what money can buy!
If you’re bringing in less income because you’re staying home to raise your children, is that really a sacrifice? It may seem so monetarily, but the treasured time and enormous influence you can have on your children’s lives is priceless!
Some think it is too great a sacrifice to set aside their own career in order to work alongside their pastor-spouse. However, the joys and benefits of partnering in ministry together, as well as the impact team ministry will have on your church (including the eternal rewards), far outweigh the money you could be earning.
Sacrifice can be tough. But blessings always follow when we sacrifice in the ways God calls us to. Jesus will be faithful to His promise in Mark 10:29, 30: “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life” (NKJV).
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