As I was reading this morning, I read a verse that would seem to me to be one of the saddest verses in the Bible.
Samuel was one of the greatest prophets during the Old Testament. He served as Israel’s judge for many years (1 Samuel 7:15-17). In fact, he was the one who anointed Israel’s first King.
He had so many accomplishments as the nation’s judge and prophet.
“… his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.” (1 Samuel 8:3)
I cannot exchange ministry success with failure in the home. It won’t be right to sacrifice family in the altar of success. I cannot. We should not. There’s just no comparison.
I told our staff yesterday at Victory Fort that as a pastor, I am not indispensable. There are lots who can replace me with what I do for the church – better, smarter and more gifted guys. But as a husband and father, there’s just no replacement. My kids will only have one dad. If the time comes that I’ll have to choose between my family and the church (which I hope will never come), I’m outta here.
You guys know me. I’m a ‘whatever-it-takes’ kind of guy. I will do whatever it takes to advance the kingdom of God. But between ministry success and family, there’s really just no competition at all.