I’m sure you have had this thought before. In fact anytime I think a thought that I think may have any real depth to it I figure everyone else has already been there. So, I was thinking this morning about the sacrifices those who lead in worship, especially the song leader and preacher, make in order for others to be able to experience the best and most focused worship they can. Whether we should or shouldn’t most of us DO think about the time, the content, the flow, the order…we want everything to be “right”…we seek for the service to be meaningful…we notice when it’s too hot…when a microphone is dead…when there is a potential distraction. Thank you for your sacrifice.
And in the process sometimes we “sacrifice” our worship so that others might worship. And if we are not careful we will 1. Not worship or 2. We will become bitter that we have to so sacrifice.
That big thought got me to thinking that MANY others sacrifice their privileges so things can go well for others. There’s the Doctor sacrificing sleepless nights studying, preparing herself so that we can have greater health…the soldier sacrificing comfort, safety, and advancement to provide us a sense of security…to police officer’s wife sacrificing peace of mind and personal security so we can feel safe.
The truth is it is nice to identify even a little with such servants, BUT there is One whose sacrifices vastly eclipses all other. The Son of Man who left the riches of glory and came and dwelt among men, who “though He was rich, became poor that we through His poverty might be made rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Yes, there is some sacrifice in what you do but when you do you stand in good, well actually, great company. So may there be a little more spring in your step and little more joy in your heart this week for the sacrifice that you GET to give of yourself, for others, in His service.
Thank YOU for YOUR sacrifice, AMEN.