It’s Been a Sacrifice

Last week the Bible study I led broke for the summer. There were 8 women who attended. This is a nice number for a Bible study. We studied Philippians, Titus and the Gospel of Matthew inductively.¹

I found the study preparation intense. Many mornings I did not want to get out of bed to study and prepare for the week’s lesson. This was a little confusing to me because in the past I loved spending time in God’s word. So what had happened?

I realized the difference was I was no longer studying for myself. I was getting a lesson ready for the sake of others and for the glory of God.

It is a sacrifice when putting aside what you like to do, or need to do, in order to do something for another’s sake. Since September I have struggled with this sacrifice. I prayed, “Lord, I really don’t want to do this.” I had other things that needed my attention. I was not sure how everything was going to get done. I trusted that it would get done even though I felt my life was totally out of control.

How did this problem resolve?

It took awhile. I didn’t hear from God all year. At the end of the year our group put on a Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter Luncheon. I was complaining, as usual. I am an introvert. Not a party girl.

This time I heard a still small voice say, “Do it for Me.”

God is so patient. He knew what I needed to hear. When I felt like complaining I remembered, “Do it for Me.” My attitude changed.

There is a verse in Philippians about this. “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13) Four little words whispered in my ear made me willing!

How else do these words “Do it for Me” apply?  Witnessing for Christ. Praying for others. Speaking to someone in the store when I would rather keep going. Cleaning the house. Making meals. Anything done for others that I’d rather not do. This list goes on and on.

The King will answer and say to them,
‘Truly I say to you,
to the extent that you did it
to one of these brothers of Mine,
even the least of them,
you did it to Me.’

Matthew 26:40

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Lena Rae
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¹Inductive Bible Study means the Bible is the primary source of study. Before going to other helps, such as commentaries, the Bible is studied first. There are three main components to Inductive Study:  Observation, Interpretation, and Application. Interested? Check out:
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Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

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