The Cost and Blessing of Small Sacrifices

Greg Strand – September 10, 2013 4 Comments

“We are not often called to great sacrifice, but daily we are presented with the chance to make small ones — a chance to make someone cheerful, a chance to do some small thing to make someone comfortable or contented, a chance to lay down our petty preferences or cherished plans.  This probably requires us to relinquish something — our own convenience or comfort, our own free evening, our warm fireside, or even our habitual shyness or reserve or pride.  My liberty must be curtailed, bound down, ignored (oh, how the world hates this sort of thing! how our own sinful natures hate it!) — for the sake of the liberation of others.”

Elisabeth Elliot, A Path Through Suffering (Ventura, 1990), pages 67-68.

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

4 responses to The Cost and Blessing of Small Sacrifices

  1. Thanks Greg!
    Blessings on your new / renewed ministries.
    Applying this quote (much like Mark 10:45) helps us serve in ways that honor Him & others.

    KSD

    • Great to hear from you, Kerry. You are a faithful reader! I am grateful these posts continue to be an encouragement to you and the people to and with whom the Lord has called you to serve. This quote is a powerful truth that is important for us to understand and live.

  2. Thanks Gregg, I believe this even though sometimes it’s hard to feel it.

    • I agree, Lorin. And at those times it is imperative that we believe and respond based on the truth of God and His Word, not our feelings. It is also why it is necessary to meet with “one another” so we are reminded by others of this truth as well.

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