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Making Sacrifice With Joy

I heard a story once about two wealthy Christians, a lawyer and a
merchant, who traveled with a group that was going around the world.
As they were visiting in Korea, they saw by the side of the road, a
field in which a boy was pulling a crude plow and an old man held the
plow handles and guided it. The lawyer was amused and took a snapshot
of the scene.

He turned to the missionary, who served as their interpreter and
guide, and he said, "That’s a curious picture.  I suppose they are
very poor."

The guide replied, "Yes, that is the family of Chi Noue.  When the
place of worship was being built, they were eager to give something to
it, but they had no money, so they sold their only ox and gave the
money to the church. This spring, they are pulling the plow themselves."

The men were silent for several moments.  Then the businessman
replied, "That must have been a real sacrifice."
The guide said, "They do not call it that.  They thought it was
fortunate that they had an ox to sell."

I am reminded of a parable Jesus told: "The kingdom of heaven is like
treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy
over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." (Matt.
13:44).
Notice carefully the words "for joy." This man doesn’t just sell
everything he has; he does so with joy.  He doesn’t regret it. He
doesn’t complain about the sacrifice he has to make. In fact, he
probably doesn’t even consider it to be a sacrifice. He gives a lot
for the field, but he gets so much more in return.
When I perform a wedding ceremony, I often include these words:
"Whatever sacrifice you will be required to make to preserve this
common life, always make it generously.  Sacrifice is usually
difficult.  Only love can make it easy; and perfect love can make it a
joy."
The same thing holds true in our walk with Christ.  Sacrifices will be
necessary, and only a deep love for Christ will make them a joy.  The
real test of our commitment is not so much whether we are willing to
make sacrifices for our Lord, but whether we are able to make those
sacrifices with joy.

Let Him Comfort You

The God of all comfort, who comforts us 2 Corinthians 1:3

God can make you comfortable in the most uncomfortable places. He can pull you out of situations you thought you’d be stuck in forever. He can give you peace, even in the midst of trauma. Before your life is over, you’ll live, love and experience loss. Losing some things will actually help you to appreciate the things you still have. It’s the taste of failure that makes success so sweet. How can you celebrate victory unless you’ve known defeat?

You’ll live each day not knowing what tomorrow holds, but knowing that God holds all your tomorrows. They’re not in the hands of your boss, your broker, your mate, or anybody else. Nor are they in your hands to manipulate and control. No, all your tomorrows are in God’s hands! So whatever you do; get to know Him, because you’ll need Him. And He’ll be there for you. He’ll be there when everybody and everything else has gone. He’ll be there for you in the dark places. His promise to you is, ‘… Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning’ (Psalm 30:5 Amp). However long the night, morning always comes and with it His joy. Just think, no matter how dark the night, you’ve always lived to see the morning. Right? Somehow His grace has protected you, provided for you, secured you, calmed and comforted you, and brought you through.

Times and seasons change, but not God. He’s always ‘… The God of all comfort… ‘ and He’s watching over you today!