The Minister’s Guide to Sin, Sex and Relationships: Lesson 4 – Christian Sacrifice

As believers, it is important for us to remember that there is a difference between our relationship with God and the ministry that we are called to do. Our relationship with God is more important than anything else in our lives. This includes any relationship that you have with any member of your family. I do not believe that God intends for ministry to have that same level of importance in our lives.

I have seen a countless amount of ministers neglect their families for the work of the ministry. I think subconsciously these people think that everything is OK since they are doing the work of the Lord. There they are, attempting to minister to and save the world while their family is suffering. I can just imagine God looking down on the whole situation saying: “You just don’t get it.”

As humans, our time and energy are both limited. We can’t do it all. In order to devote time to one area in our lives, we must take time away from another area. If you are going to make a relationship work, a certain level of sacrifice will be required.

Someone once told me that a successful marriage is not 50/50. A successful marriage is two people each giving 100%.

When it comes down to it, we should be putting 100% effort into our families and then allocate time and energy to everything else after that. If you throw all of your time and energy into your ministry, then your spouse and family will be unhappy. You may think it is OK to miss many of the important moments in your children’s lives. You may think that the drive to church is all of the quality time you need with your spouse. I’m inclined to believe that God does not think this way. While he wants us to minister the Gospel throughout the world, he doesn’t want us to forsake our families in order to do it.

Are you ready to make sacrifices? One of the biggest mistakes Christians make is that they justify neglecting their family for ministry because they think that is what God wants them to do. There is a difference between what God wants us to do and what we want to do.

I Timothy 5:8 provides good description of the person that neglects their family.

I am a firm believer that God is pleased when we sacrifice our own interests for the betterment of our families. When we do this, our favor with God will increase and our ministries will prosper.

What are you thoughts about this? Do you think that too much focus on ministry can hurt a family?

The Minister’s Guide to Sin, Sex and Relationships
Lesson 1: Know Your Opponent
Lesson 2: Never Be Alone With The Opposite Sex
Lesson 3: The Importance of Communication

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