Sacrifices oh sacrifices.... you drive me up a wall. But you're necessary in order to fulfill my destiny.

I can't tell you guys enough how much sacrifice has been required of me within the past few months. From finances to time, I've literally had to sacrifice EVERYTHING to the point that I was uncomfortable. It has been a trying few months, but all of these sacrifices were needed in order to ensure that my web series gets done. For those of you who don't know, my web series comes out on October 24 on YouTube. It was a vision God gave me last summer, but I never knew I would have to give up so much just to make this come to fruition. I knew it would be hard work, but who knew it would be this much stress, sleepless nights, and frustrating hiccups? I sure didn't, but in the midst I still thank God.

I thank God because these sacrifices have reminded me of my duty as a Christian. There are moments when I will be uncomfortable, and moments when I want to throw in the towel because living for Him seems too hard, but if I am obedient, this too shall pass. God sacrificed His own son so that we could experience a better life, so why is it so hard for us to make our own sacrifices? It's because 1, we take grace for granted, and 2, we want to be rewarded for taking the easy road or for still living in filth. But that's not how it works. I'm not saying that we should only make sacrifices because of the return on our investment. We should never just do it for the reward, but it will grow our faith tremendously. We should want to make sacrifices simply because we want God's best and we love Him.

If you have made the decision to live for Christ, it's important that you put your all into it. No, you won't always get it right, but you must always strive for God's best. It's not fair to pick in choose when we want to live for Christ. And we must be real when it comes to the idea of conviction. If you believe the Word of God to be true, then stop trying to make excuses for your sin. A lot of people say that they aren't convicted by having sex, and that could be very well true, but just because you aren't convicted, doesn't make it any less sinful. Now, I'm not saying that people who are abstaining are better than those who aren't, but I am saying that if you want to live for God, every aspect of your life should reflect that.

Although I have had to make sacrifices, there have been tons of blessings directly tied to be obedience. Sometimes you won't feel like doing it and sometimes you won't even think you're capable, but as soon as you show your obedience God meets you where you're at and blows your mind! So I want to encourage you all to keeping pushing through those sacrificial times. It's always worth it. Unfortunately, at times we have to even give up relationships and friendships that aren't beneficial to our growth in Christ, but that tough blow could save you from going down the wrong path or becoming stagnant in your walk.

What kinds of sacrifices have you had to make recently to walk in your purpose?