I can remember as a child, waking up on Christmas at my grandparent’s house, excited for the shoe box grandma had decorated and filled with walnuts, pecans, orange slice candy, peppermints, oranges and apples and etc. for each one of us. I was so happy to get that box because it was something that grandma had prepared with her own hands. I didn’t care about the latest technology or fashions, I wanted that box. I told her a while back that if I could get anything for Christmas now, I’d want that box. That’s because I appreciated grandma for her sacrifice. It wasn’t about money, it was grandma’s gift to me. And as I watch her now in her 86 years of living, she still gives, she still feeds and she still helps everybody she can. Grandma gives, even if it means sacrificing her last because she knows her sacrifice isn’t in vain. I don’t know why God gave me this to share but somebody needs to know that your sacrifice isn’t going unnoticed.
All the times you help, it isn’t for nothing because you’re about to reap from that harvest. All those times you picked folk up, it means something and you’re about to get it back. Those times you cooked and fed folk that didn’t even say thank you, you’re about to be repaid. Those nights you went even when you didn’t feel like it, it’s about to pay off. Those many times, dear pastor, that you’ve sacrificed your family only to still hear “you aren’t doing enough,” by the deacon board, it’s about to work in your favor. Sir/ma’am, your sacrifice isn’t for nothing and I need you to know that. I get it, you’re tired of being overworked and underappreciated but the time is now upon you that you shall get back everything you’ve sown. You don’t have to believe me but you know the word says in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Your sacrifice isn’t in vain and it’s about to pay off. Stay faithful and keep serving.